Egypt unveils “Sphinx Street” after its renovation in Luxor
On Thursday, the Egyptian authorities revealed an ancient park renovated in the city of Luxor dating back 3,000 years, the latest government project implemented to shed light on the country’s archaeological treasures.
Egypt is struggling to revive the tourism industry, which suffered from years of political turmoil in the wake of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic.
The ancient walkway – known as the Sphinx Street, but also called the Way of Rams and the Path of the Gods – connects the famous Karnak and Luxor temples in what was the city of Thebes, which was the capital of Egypt in antiquity. . It is believed to have been the route taken by pilgrims to visit temples and honor their deities.
Statues of rams and sphinxes line the bases, the ancient road in Luxor, which lies on the banks of the Nile and lies about 650 kilometers (400 mi) south of Cairo, stretches for several miles and has been under excavation for more. of 50 years.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attended the made-for-television event, a late-evening party recalling the ancient autumn holiday, along with other senior officials.
Mohamed Abdel-Badi, a senior Egyptian antiquities official, said the oldest monuments along the path are six buildings built by Queen Hatshepsut, the only Egyptian pharaoh, dating back to 1400 BC.
He said that according to the hieroglyphs on the walls of a temple, the ancient feast was known as Opet and was marked by parades and dancers celebrating the reward that the annual Nile flood brought to the fields. A caravan of sacred barges made their way to the temple, according to the blogpost.
Thursday’s event is the second glamorous celebration of the year to honor Egyptian heritage. In April, the government hosted a procession marking the transfer of some of the famous mummies from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to the newly constructed museum south of the Egyptian capital.