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Bubastis

The cat cemetary at Bubastis. Egypt.
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The cat cemetary at Bubastis. Egypt.

The main statue remaining at Bubastis is not of Bastet, but Hathor. Egypt.
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The main statue remaining at Bubastis is not of Bastet, but Hathor.

Most of Bubastis lies in rubbles, waiting for future archaeologists to assemble it to former glory. Egypt.
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Most of Bubastis lies in rubbles, waiting for future archaeologists to assemble it to former glory.

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Temple of Bastet
Cat cemetery

City of ancient Egypt, situated in the Nile Delta, now within the modern city of Zagazig. The ruins are now known as Tell Basta.
Bubastis owes much of its fame to being the main cult centre of the cat goddess Bastet, about whom centered an annual festival that allowed excessive drinking and free sex. Large parts of the northern section of Bubastis was a cat cemetery, joined by a cemetery of humans who wanted to be buried near the sacred animals.

History
3rd millennium BCE: The first settlements of Bubastis.
13th century BCE: Much of Egypt's economy and culture moves closer to the region of Bubastis, and the city experiences growth in all fields.
945 BCE: Bubastis is made capital of Egypt for a short period in the 10th century BCE, by Pharaoh Shoshenq 1.
Around 350 BCE: Bubastis is destroyed by the Persians.
1866 CE: Archaeological excavations are begun.




By Tore Kjeilen