The road between Qena (Qina) towards the Red Sea is a major traffic route between Upper Egypt and the Red Sea.
Having overcome about 100 kilometers of mountains between Safaga and Qena, we have appeared in the valley of the Nile. The landscape has sharply changed. There were grass and palm trees around the road. The presence of green life has encouraged me. Therefore the following 67 kilometers (Road #02 Qena-Luxor) of the trip have been saturated by landscapes of the valley of the Nile: fields, channels, inhabited constructions, etc. It was another Egypt! It was very interesting to watch boiling life through the window.
You can see my 2 min 10 sec Qena– Luxor road VIDEO clip with music from my YouTube channel .
The Maghrebi Abd el-Rahim settled in Qena upon his return from Mecca and founded a Sufi center here. Upon his death in 1195, the mosque was built above his tomb and became a place of pilgrimage. There is a huge modern mosque of Sheikh el-Qenawi in the main square which attests to his importance.
We have been told that it is the greatest Mosque in the south of Egypt. Unfortunately, we have not made a stop in Qena. The caravan of buses has proceeded through the city in the direction of Luxor. Therefore I could photograph the mosque only through the window.
Tourists traveling between the Red Sea and Luxor will assuredly pass through this City. The busy provincial capital of Qena, the ancient Cainepolis, lies on the east bank of the Nile, a mile or so from the river. The town itself has no features of tourist interest, but it is the nearest place to the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. The city also has a considerable Islamic heritage and a famous Mosque.
Qena is noted for its pottery, in particular the porous water bottles (kulal, singular kulla) made from the local clay which are sold all over Egypt. Evaporation keeps the water in these bottles 5-6 °C below the outside temperature.
From Qena a road crosses the Eastern Desert to Bur Safaga on the Red Sea.