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Assyut Dam

Located to the north of Assyut, at the village of El-Walidiya situated on the west bank of the Nile, rises the imposing Asyut Dam. It was built by a British firm to the design of British engineers in 1898 to 1902, at the same time as the first Aswan Dam, it serves to regulate the flow of water in the lbrahimiya Canal, which starts here, and to irrigate more than 1,000,000 acres of land in the provinces of Asyut, Beni Suef and El-Minya.

The dam, 40ft/12.5m high and 911yds/833m long, consists of 13 sections, the first of which (at the west end) has 3 arches and a lock to permit the passage of ships, while the others have 9 arches each. The sluices, 111 in all, can be closed by iron gates.

Old Town

Situated to the east of the railroad station, is a shady promenade on the banks of the Nile. However this leads north to the bridge over the sluice gates on the lbrahimiya Canal and continues to the Assyut Dam. The little Old Town, with its busy bazaar, lies west of the railroad.

Tomb of Kheti

In the middle tomb is the Tomb of Kheti, Prince of 10th Dynasty. It is observed on the right hand wall of the vestibule are the dead man and his wife Tefye with a long text, partly destroyed, referring to Kin Merikare, 10th Dynasty. Also it is observed on the south wall of the main chamber, in which only one pillar is left standing, are depicted many ranks of armed warriors.

In there wall is a niche for a statue of the dead man. From this tomb an underground passage leads into the third tomb in the row, which belonged to Tefyeb, a Prince of the nome.

Coptic Rock Chapel

Situated up the hill, passing a smal Coptic rock chapel and rounding a spur of the hill, we reach a point from which there is a wide view of the extensive rang of hills along the eastern edge of the Western (Libyan) Desert.

Arab Cemetery

Located to the north of the ancient necropolis, a larger Arab cemetery extends far into the plain with hundreds of domed tombs set ami palms.

Rock Tombs

Situated in front of the railroad station Sharia el-Mahatta, usually runs west past the old city and then bears southwest, crosses the Sohagiya Canal and con tinues to the foot of the desert hills, on the slopes of which are the rock tombs of ancient Asyut.

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