Egypt unveiled on Thursday a highway lined with tons of of ram-headed sphinx statues relationship again greater than 3,000 years, in a grandiose night-time ceremony at Karnak Temple in archaeologically-rich Luxor.
Dubbed the “Rams Road”, the sandstone-paved path connecting the temples of Karnak and Luxor within the centre of the southern Nile metropolis was formally opened by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a number of senior officers in a spectacular night-time ceremony.
The highway is almost three kilometres (two miles) lengthy and named “The Path of God” in historical Egyptian mythology.
It is flanked on each side by statues that had been buried for hundreds of years beneath desert sands earlier than they had been revived and restored for show by the nation’s Egyptologists lately.
The ram is an embodiment of the traditional Egyptian deity Amun.
Karnak Temple was constructed round 2,000 to 4,000 years in the past and is devoted to Amun-Ra, an historical Sun god. It covers an space of over 100 hectares (250 acres).
Luxor Temple was constructed some 3,400 years in the past by Amenhotep III and has been used as a website of steady non secular worship from the traditional Egyptians to Christian Copts and later Muslims.
Egypt’s tourism and antiquities ministry has vowed to make the Arab world’s most populous nation a vaunted vacation spot for vacationers by boosting its popularity as “an open air museum”.
The tourism sector in Egypt employs two million individuals and generates greater than 10 p.c of the nation’s gross home product.
But it has taken successful lately from political turbulence following the 2011 revolution, a number of terror assaults, and extra lately the coronavirus pandemic.
In April, a procession of floats carried the mummified stays of 22 pharaohs by way of Cairo’s streets in a parade full with a 21-cannon salute to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.
In the approaching months, the nation is because of inaugurate one other new showcase, the Grand Egyptian Museum, close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo.
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