Asyut Governorate is one of the governorates of Egypt. It stretches for about 120 km along the banks of the Nile. The capital of the governorate is the city of Asyut.
The name of Asyut is derived from early Egyptian Zawty (Z3JW.TJ), late Egyptian Səyáwt into Coptic Syowt.
- Percentage to total area of Egypt: 2.6%.
- Population: around 3.5 million (male 51.21%; female 48.79%).
- Population density: 119.6 people/km².
- Rural population: 2.2 million; urban population: 0.9 million.
- Percentage to the whole population of Egypt: 4.3%.
- Population growth rate: 2.6% per year.
- Assiut Governorate administrative divisions: 11 localities, 52 local administrative units, 235 small villages, and 971 tiny villages.
The governorate of Asyut includes the Ancient Egyptian tombs of Meir, and the town of Durunka, which is a pilgrimage site for many Copts who come to visit a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Prominent people from Asyut