CAIRO – 24 March 2021: The development project of Tel Basta in Sharqiya, as one of the points on the Holy Family’s path, came after the inauguration of the project to develop the area surrounding the Church of the Virgin Mary in Sakha in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate.
The site of Tel Basta in Sharqiya Governorate is of great importance as it contains the well that the Holy Family passed by, which is located in the middle of the archaeological area.
The development of the Holy Family’s Path does not only include the development of the archaeological site, but extends to the wider urban environment.
It guarantees the improvement of the tourism climate and provides the opportunity for the local community to interact with tourism activities.
A set of indicative panels have been erected in the sites southern Greater Cairo and in the city of Zagazig. This is in addition to the indicative signs leading to the path sites in the Delta region and East Port Said, creating contact with the path that extends over 3500 km, starting from Rafah in the east of the country, passing through the rest of the route points in the Delta, Greater Cairo and Wadi El-Natroun, and arriving in central Egypt at Minya and Assiut with a total of about 25 points.
The development work also witnessed the cultivation of fruitful palm trees in the vicinity of the archaeological site and setting tourist and archaeological advertising signs that list the contents of the site, as well as installing pergolas and umbrellas, renewing toilets, and re-equipping the internal exhibition hall with cutting edge equipment to display the contents of the site.
The development work also included preparing tourist and archaeological information panels on the history of the site, as well as indicative panels to determine the course of the visit inside the archaeological site.
A new wall was built to preserve the archaeological site from encroachments, and the museum’s exhibition hall of the site was modernized.