Samalut (Arabic: سمالوط, from Coptic: (ⲧ)ⲥⲉⲙⲟⲩⲗⲟⲧ Tsamulot) is a city and a municipal division in the Minya Governorate in Egypt. It is located on the west bank of the Nile, a few hours by train south of Cairo.[1]


Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 28°18′35″N 30°42′39″E
Country Egypt
Time zoneUTC+2 (EST)


Near Samalut is the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary at Gebel el-Teir, an important Christian pilgrimage site. Samalut's church was built by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in 328CE, on one of the sites where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt.

While there are numerous Christians here, the population of Minya Governorate is predominately Muslim.

See also


  1. "Where is Samalut, Egypt?". WorldAtlas. 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
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