Avenue of Sphinxes restored

Published on June 28th, 2011 | by Admin

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Five years after the project began, the Avenue of Sphinxes has been restored.

The 2,700 metre long avenue of sphinxes was built during the reign of Pharaoh Nectanebo I of the 30th dynasty. It replaced one built in the 18th dynasty, by Queen Hatshepsut (1502-1482 BC), as recorded on the walls of her red chapel in Karnak Temple.

Sadly, however, over the span of history the avenue was lost, subjected to destruction and some of its sphinxes destroyed, as sections of the avenue far from both temples were covered with sand and buried under random housing.

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Story: Nevine El-Aref, Ahram.org.eg | Photo: Ahram.org.eg

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