Qena provides visitors to modern-day Egypt with a glimpse into the far-distant past.
The ancient city was formerly known as Cainepolis, and also boasts many famous Islamic buildings.
Today, Qena is best known as the closest town to the ancient, well-preserved ruins of Dendera.
The temple complex at Dendera includes the immaculately intact and impressive Temple of Hathor, and is well set up for visitors with an information center and cafe.
Qena lies around 155 kilometers (96 miles) inland from Hurghada.
It’s a popular day trip destination because of its access to the temple complex at Dendera, 5 km (3 mi) away on the opposite bank of the Nile.