Egypt celebrates the reopening of the 3,400-year-old avenue of the Sphinx

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Luxor, Egypt – two . a restored road connecting ancient Egyptian Temple complexes in Karnak and Luxor were unveiled on Thursday in a grand ceremony aimed at raising the profile of one of Egypt’s top tourist destinations.
The procession to reopen the 2.7-kilometre (1.7-mile) road included a reenactment of the ancient Opet festival, where statues of Theban gods were paraded each year. new empire era In celebration of fertility and the flooding of the Nile.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi marched in the street at the start of the ceremony. Pharaonic chariots and more than 400 young performers in Pharaonic costumes parade along the avenue.

Visitors walk past statues of ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom pharaoh Ramses II at night.

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The 3,400-year-old road linking the ancient centers of Karnak and Luxor, also known as Rama’s Road or the Avenue of the Sphinx, is lined with hundreds of rams and human-headed sphinxes, although many have been destroyed over the years. are gone. or destroyed.

The road has undergone several restoration efforts since it was discovered in 1949, and the latest began in 2017.

A view of the human-headed Sphinx along the 2,700-metre-long road leading from the Temple of Luxor to the Temple of Karnak.

A view of the human-headed Sphinx along the 2,700-metre-long road leading from the Temple of Luxor to the Temple of Karnak.

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Tourism is a significant source of jobs and hard currency for Egypt, which has made a concerted effort to bring back travelers held off by the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, 22 ancient royal mummies from Luxor and the nearby Valley of the Kings were born in a procession of Egyptian mummies paraded from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

Egypt’s tourism revenue fell to around $4 billion in 2020, down from $13 billion in 2019.

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