Hermopolis: A Minya village built by a woman
When a British boy asked Mervat Abdel Nasser, an Egyptian woman who has been living in the United Kingdom for 30 years, about the ancient Egyptian civilization, she decided to go back to her hometown in Minya and build a village she called Hermopolis.
Nasser did not wait for help from the government, but started on her project alone. "Hermopolis is a cultural village in the far south-west of Minya not far from Tell el-Amarna, Akhenaten's capital," she said. "It is named after the god Hermes who is the Greek version of the ancient Egyptian god Thoth, the god of knowledge and wisdom."
The village, which was completed in 2011, took 10 years to build on 10 acres of land at a cost of LE8.5 million. "It is meant to promote interaction between cultures and develop talents," Nasser explained.
The question posed to Nasser by the British boy prompted her to change her studies from medicine to Egyptology. "Unfortunately, the West is interested in our civilization, but we here know little of it," she said.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm