Egypt Restores Ancient Road Connecting Temples of Luxor and Karnak | Egypt

A restored road connecting two ancient Egyptian temple complexes in Karnak and Luxor has been unveiled in a lavish ceremony aimed at highlighting one of Egypt’s largest tourist sites.

The procession on Thursday to reopen the 2.7km-long road included a re-enactment of the old Opet festival, where statues of Theban deities were paraded annually during the New Kingdom era to celebrate the fertility and flooding of the Nile.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi marched along the road at the beginning of the ceremony. Pharaonic tanks and more than 400 young artists dressed in pharaonic costumes paraded along the avenue.

The 3,400-year-old road that connects the ancient centers of Karnak and Luxor, also known as the Road of the Rams or Avenue of the Sphinxes, is lined with hundreds of rams and human-head sphinxes, though many have been eroded over the years or destroyed.

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

Tourism is a vital source of jobs and hard currency for Egypt, which has made a concerted effort to lure travelers back who have been kept away from the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Egypt’s tourism revenue fell to about $ 4 billion. (£ 3bn) in 2020, down from $ 13bn. in 2019.

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