Two Camels and a Saint: The Antique Pilgrimage Site of Abu Mina in Egypt
Late in the fourth century CE, the tomb of Menas developed into one of the major pilgrimage sites of Late Antiquity—Abu Mina, just outside of Alexandria. Until its destruction during the period of Persian occupation in the early seventh century, believers from across the Roman Empire visited. Afterward, a new township emerged upon the rubble of the former city. Students from the Egyptology Seminar at Freie Universität Berlin report on the adventurous rediscovery of the pilgrimage site in the early 20th century and present its most important buildings and selected sculptures, pilgrim souvenirs and everyday objects from Abu Mina from the collection of the Museum für Byzantinische Kunst.