Monday, January 17, 2011

In the Pharaohs' footsteps

Al Ahram Weekly

With photos.

Inspection of the last phase of the Avenue of the Sphinxes development project and the discovery of the missing parts of the colossal double statue of the 18th-Dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye, now on display at the Egyptian Museum, are the most recent news items from Thebes, reports Nevine El-Aref

Following five years of recreating the Avenue of the Sphinxes that once connected Luxor and Karnak temples, the processional route is now back near as can be conjectured to its original appearance. In February visitors to Luxor will be able to walk along the historical avenue in much the same way as the ancient Egyptians did in the days of the Pharaohs.

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