Egypt Picture - Temple of Medinet Madi

Temple of Medinet Madi

Temple of Medinet Madi


R. Neil Hewison


Temple of Medinet Madi


The Middle Kingdom temple of Medinet Madi, with a Ptolemaic sphinx. Medinet Madi, which means "City of the Past", is situated about 30 kilometers southwest of Medinet el-Fayoum. We do not know what happened to spell the end of ancient Medinet Madi, but a medieval romance poem known as the "Story of Abu Zayd", which was often told in coffee shops throughout the Middle East, relates that Medinet Madi was destroyed by Abu Zeid when the king refused him and his soldiers food and shelter.

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