Sites & cities that bear the name of Qift


First trace of activity : ca. 25th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : Gebtu, Κόπτος, Coptos, Koptos, Kebto, Keft, Justinianopolis, قفط‎, Keft, قفطُ,‎ Keftu, Ⲕⲉϥⲧ, Kebto

Description : Qift (Egyptian Arabic: قفط‎ Keft; Arabic: قفطُ‎ Keftu Coptic: Ⲕⲉϥⲧ Keft or Kebto; Egyptian Gebtu; Ancient Greek: Κόπτος Coptos or Koptos; Roman Justinianopolis) is a small town in the Qena Governorate of Egypt about 43 km (27 mi) north of Luxor, situated under 26° north lat., on the east bank of the Nile. In ancient times its proximity to the Red Sea made it an important trading emporium between India, Punt, Felix Arabia and the North.It was important for nearby gold and quartzite mines in the Eastern Desert, and as a starting point for expeditions to Punt (in modern Somalia).

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