Have you ever wondered where is the oldest capital of Egypt located now?! Let’s “Discover Mennefer “MANF!” We all encountered this word multiple times in social studies books when we were students in school, MANF, the oldest capital of Egypt. Where is this city now? How does it look like? Are there people who live there? How are its people doing?
All these questions and more were answered by 18 students at the Faculty of Mass Communication (English Section), Cairo University. 18 students whose graduation project is to promote and discover the oldest capital of Egypt and urge people to discover its treasures, to discover Mennefer, which now is “Al Badrashin.”
MANF/or Mennefer is located now in Al Badrashin City in El Giza, and through the “Discover Mennefer” project, you get to know the city through archaeological tourism, the culture of rural tourism, and also support small projects and traditional crafts.
The bright minds of Cairo University delve into the sights and important artifacts of the city, including Saqqara, which is famous for its endless archaeological discoveries, and it has the first building stone in history, “Pyramid of Djoser.” It also includes the “Imhotep” Museum and several Pharaohs’ tombs.
Nourhan Sherif, one of the team members, says: “The rural tourism experience there is wonderful! There are hotels and guest houses in the middle of nature that will definitely clear your mind. I advise all my colleagues and young people to visit this place, they won’t regret it.”
“Discover Mennefer” campaign invites everyone to support small projects and traditional crafts in Al Badrashin, such as hand-made carpets, dried fruits, pottery, and the manufacture of products from the Halfa plant. You can try those handcrafts by yourself during your visit to the place, as Salma Tarek, one of the team members says: “It was an experience that I will never forget, it makes you get rid of the pressures of life. It’s really amazing, you have to try it out.”