Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Upgrading Queen Hatsheput's Temple

A short piece by Hassan Saadallah about rennovations to the temple of the Deir el Bahri temple of Queen Hatshepsut: "An urgent project will start soon to preserve the el-Deir el-Bahari Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, on the instructions of Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni.
The project will cost LE7 million, as part of a grant from the US Research Centre to preserve and develop the Valley of the Kings. The total grant is estimated at US$10 million. Supreme Council for Antiquities Secretary-General Zahi Hawass said that the project includes providing the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut with close circuit cameras to monitor visitors inside the temple for security purposes. He explained that visitors will only be allowed in through one entrance, which will be an electronic gate for checking visitors' personal belongings. Hawass added that lighting round the temple will be upgraded to allow visitors entry at night, especially in the summer".
This is the full item on the Egyptian Gazette.

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