Egypt revives Road of Rams


Egypt revives Road of Rams

Egypt revives the ancient Rams Road
Egypt revives the ancient Rams Road

Egypt revives Road of Rams: In a solemn festive atmosphere that combined modern technological influences and the scent of ancient history, Egypt reopened on Thursday the ancient “Road of Rams” in Luxor.


Egypt revives the ancient Rams Road

Egypt revives Road of Rams; Thursday’s celebration came a few months after Egypt organized a solemn procession through the streets of the capital, Cairo, to transport 22 royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Civilization in the Fustat area.

Egypt revives Road of Rams; The “road of rams” is about 2,700 meters long and more than 70 meters wide, and connects the Karnak temples in the north and Luxor temple in the south. Statues in the form of sphinxes and others in the form of rams lie on both sides of the stone road.

The construction of the road began during the era of the Eighteenth Dynasty in ancient Egypt by King Amenhotep III, who started the construction of the Luxor Temple, but the largest share of the implementation is due to King Nectanebo I, founder of the Thirtieth Dynasty.

The road was used during the Opet festival associated with the flooding of the Nile River, and the columns and walls of temples in Luxor record the ways of the ancient Egyptians in celebrating it and their chants on this occasion.

Over the years, the road features were blurred and various occupations were established on it, old and new, but in 1949 the road was discovered again and the process of reviving it, which took decades to remove the occupancy and develop the site, began.

The ceremony of reviving the Way of the Rams included an artistic show that simulates some aspects of the ancient Egyptians’ celebration of the Opet Festival, in which hundreds of Egyptian university students participated in pharaonic costumes, and was attended by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, a number of members of his government, and foreign and Arab ambassadors.

History of the Rams’ Road

The path of celebrations dates back to more than 5,000 years ago, when the kings of Pharaonic Egypt built in Thebes (now Luxor) the path of rams, for their sacred processions to take place during the celebrations of the Opet festivals every year. To the sacred boats loaded with statues of symbols of Pharaonic religious beliefs, while the people line up on both sides of the road, dancing and cheering in joy and happiness, and King Amenhotep III initiated the construction of this road, coinciding with the launch of the construction of the Luxor Temple, but the greatest credit for the completion of the “Road of Rams” is due To King Nectanebo I, founder of the Pharaonic Thirty Dynasty, “the last dynasty of the era of the pharaohs.”

The excavations began on the road at the end of the forties of the twentieth century by the archaeologist Zakaria Ghoneim, where in 1949 he discovered 8 statues of the Sphinx. By discovering 64 sphinxes, and Dr. Muhammad al-Sagheer in the mid-seventies until 2002 AD discovered the road extending from the tenth edifice to the Temple of Mut, and the road adjacent to the Nile, and Mansour Brik in 2006 re-drilled to reveal the rest of the road in the areas of Khalid bin Walid and Road The airport and Al-Matahn Street, in addition to the resurrection of the maintenance of the discovered archaeological evidence, the upgrading of them architecturally and the recording of the layers of soil to know the history of the great processions route through the ages.

Egypt is currently seeking to revive the tourism sector, which was a major source of foreign currency income before the popular uprising in 2011, and to recover from the consequences of the Corona pandemic on the economy through a plan that includes the completion and establishment of new museums and raising the efficiency of various tourist sites across the country.


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