Egypt on Thursday unveiled a street lined with hundreds of ram-headed sphinx statues more than 3,000 years old in a grand nightly ceremony at the archaeologically rich Karnak Temple in Luxor.
Dubbed the “Rams Road” built of sandstone connecting the temples of Karnak and Luxor in the southern Nile city centre, it was officially opened by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and several senior officials in a spectacular night-time ceremony Was. ,
The road is about three kilometers (two miles) long and has been named the “Path of God” in ancient Egyptian mythology.
It is surrounded on both sides by sculptures buried for centuries under the sand of the desert before being revived and restored for display by the country’s Egyptologists in recent years.
Rama is an incarnation of the ancient Egyptian god Amun.
The Karnak Temple was built around 2,000 to 4,000 years ago and is dedicated to Amun-Ra, an ancient sun god. It covers an area of over 100 hectares (250 acres).
The Temple of Luxor was built by Amenhotep III some 3,400 years ago and has been used as a site of continued religious worship from the ancient Egyptians to Christian Copts and later Muslims.
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has vowed to make the Arab world’s most populous country a haunted destination for tourists, boosting its reputation as “an open-air museum”.
The tourism sector in Egypt employs two million people and generates more than 10 percent of the country’s GDP.
But it has taken a hit in recent years from political unrest following the 2011 revolution, several terror attacks and most recently the coronavirus pandemic.
In April, a procession of floats carried the mummified remains of 22 pharaohs through the streets of Cairo in a parade accompanied by a 21-gun salute at the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.
In the coming months, the country is set to inaugurate another new showcase, the Grand Egyptian Museum, near the Giza Pyramids in Cairo.
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