Tanis: The Lost City


Unlike Atlantis, the Lost City of Tanis is as real as it could get. For a long time, many thought of the existence of the city was just a legend. Modern Egypt calls the place Sân el-Hagar; But to the ancient Egyptians, this city was known as Djanet, the capital of Egypt of the 21st and 22nd dynasties during the Third Intermediate Period (1069-525 BCE). It was a wealthy commercial center along the Nile Delta northeast of Cairo. And the name Tanis was actually its Greek name. But what made Tanis great and how did this great city become “lost”? Read More...


Tanis: Today


In its heyday when Tanis was the capital of Egypt and the center of commerce and religion in the Nile Delta, grand structures of palaces and temples embellished its lands. It was the royal residence of the kings during the 21st and 22nd dynasties (1069 - 716 BC). And it was called Djanet by the ancient Egyptians, Zoan by the Old Testament Hebrews, and Tanis by the Greeks. Read More...


Tanis: Reference


Although lost for some time, Tanis was certainly notable enough to be cited in Biblical literature and even in the big screen. This magnificent and legendary city of the past was mentioned in the annals of Egypt as the capital of the nineteenth Lower Egyptian nome in the late period (747-332 BC) and as the royal residence of the 21st (1069 - 945 BC) and 22nd (943 - 716 BC) dynasties. It was one of the largest cities in the Delta and became a site of great importance as a prosperous and wealthy commercial center and one of the nearest ports to the Asiatic seaboard. Read More...


Unearthing Tanis: The Excavation Works in Tanis


Tanis is the home to many treasures the archeological world holds so dear. The discovered artifacts, tombs of pharaohs, great temples of Egyptian deities, and the urban districts of the ancient city have contributed so much to Egyptology and unveiled the mystery of the forgotten past of the lost city. Read More...