Website Category: Egypt after the Pharaohs
Area: 1.8 km2
Criteria: (iv) icon of an era
Location and Values: Abu Mena is located about 50 km south-west of Alexandria. It is an archaeological site preserving the remains of an early Christian holy city, including a church, baptistery, basilicas, public buildings, streets, monasteries, houses and workshops. The site has suffered severe subsidence in recent years, as a result of an ill-conceived agricultural irrigation project nearby. The property is on the List of World Heritage In Danger, and is closed to the public while remedial restoration work is carried out.
Slideshow of Abu Mena:
Google Earth View: To view satellite imagery of Abu Mena on Google Earth, click here. This opens a new window, so when you are finished, just close the Google Earth page and you will be straight back here to continue browsing. The satellite view of Abu Mena is quite clear, and you can make out individual buildings so it is worth taking a few minutes to explore the site and its surroundings by panning in and out, and looking to left and right at high resolution.
Other Links: Official UNESCO Site Details