Heliopolis was a major city of ancient egyptit was the capital of the 13th or heliopolite nome of lower egypt and a major religious center it is now located in ayn shams a northeastern suburb of cairo heliopolis was one of the oldest cities of ancient egypt occupied since the predynastic period it greatly expanded under the old and middle kingdoms but is today mostly destroyed its . Heliopolis heliopolis one of the most ancient egyptian cities and the seat of worship of the sun god re it was the capital of the 15th nome of lower egypt but heliopolis was important as a religious rather than a political centre during the new kingdom c 1539 1075 bce its great temple of re was second. The ancient city of heliopolis the city of on in the bible was the chief town of the 13th nome of egypt these nomes were ancient administrative borders with roots tracing right back to the unification by menes c 3100 bc in egyptian mythology its name was lunu meaning pillar and it was thought to be the location of the mound of creation from which the world arose from the waters. Heliopolis egypts iunu by marie parsons one of the three major cities of ancient egypt after thebes and memphis heliopolis city of the sun in greek was situated in the area of tell hisn on the northwestern outskirts of modern cairothe ancient egyptian name was iunu or iwnw meaning pillar
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