1 day in Asyut Governorate Itinerary

1 day in Asyut Governorate Itinerary

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Asyut is the capital of the modern Asyut Governorate in Egypt, which has one of the largest Coptic Catholic bishopric churches in the country; the ancient city of the same name, which is situated nearby. Deir Al-Gabrawy Tombs has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Deir Al-Gabrawy Tombs.

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If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major aiport is Sohag International Airport. December in Asyut sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Asyut Governorate travel guide

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Asyut Governorate is one of the governorates of Egypt. It stretches across the Nile. The capital of the governorate is the city of Asyut.EtymologyThe name of Asyut is derived from early Egyptian Zawty (Z3JW.TJ), late Egyptian Səyáwt into Coptic Syowt.PopulationAccording to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 26.5%. Out of an estimated 4,245,215 people residing in the governorate, 3,119,112 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 1,126,103 in urban areas.DemographicsAsyut governorate has a population of over 4 million people,with a significant Coptic presence. In 1914, it had the second largest proportion of Copts in Egypt, where they made up 20.7% of the population. However it is likely that figure is underestimated, since the Church claims up to 48.5% while the remaining population are Sunni Muslims. Evangelical (Protestant) religions had significant growth in some districts of Asyut, as evidenced in 1907 census data, where half of the citizens of a village were counted as Protestant Copts. Muslims and Christians have lived together in Asyut and at times there have been clashes. In July 2013, a large number of Christians took to the streets to protest Muslim extremism in Asyut. Whether Christian or Muslim, Asyut is home to a very conservative society and in October, 2016 Upper Egypt's first beauty pageant, which was to be held in Asyut, had to be canceled due to death threats and security issues. A very conservative society, which is Asyut, stopped the pageant.