Najʿ Ḥammādī

Najʿ Ḥammādī

also spelled  Nag Hammadi,  

      town in Qinā muḥāfaẓah (governorate), on the west bank of the Nile, in Upper Egypt, on or near the site of the ancient town of Chenoboskion. It is a market town for the surrounding agricultural region, and it has a sugar refinery; an aluminum plant complex opened in 1975.

      Ancient sites in the vicinity include the town of Hiw (Diospolis Parva) to the south and Al-Qaṣr waʿṣ Sayyād on the eastern bank, site of Old Kingdom tombs and an important Coptic settlement. There in 1945 were found the Najʿ Ḥammādī (Nag Hammadi) papyri, a collection of 13 codices of Gnostic scriptures and commentaries written in the 2nd or 3rd century (though the codices themselves are 4th-century copies). The Cairo–Aswān railway serves the town and crosses the Nile to the eastern bank over a swing bridge. Pop. (1996) 34,239.

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