Tell Basta

In Tell Basta you see the ruins of Bubastis, the capital of Egypt in the 22nd dynasty (945-720 B.C.). You see the remains of a temple and re-used blocks from other pharaonic cities that is so typical of pharaonic cities in the Delta.

The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel prophesied around 500 B.C., that the once proud pharaonic city Bubastis [the name comes from Pi-Beseth, meaning the domain of the cat goddess] would fall into ruins [Ezekiel 30:17,18]. Coptic tradition says that the temple collapsed when the Holy Family entered, in fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah’s “Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence” [Isaiah 19:1].

We will also see in Tell Basta a 1st century well that some believe to be created by Jesus Christ. Some pilgrims started drinking polluted water resulting in the Egyptian Organization for Antiquities placing a fence around the well.

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