The Alley of Sphinxes in Luxor (Egypt), which was opened after restoration by a Pharaoh ceremony with the participation of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, became the world’s largest open-air museum.
According to the Ahram newspaper and the BBC, referring to the statement of the Minister of Tourism El-Enani, the restored Alley of the Sphinxes connected the temples of Luxor and Karnak (for the first time since ancient times), and turned the complex into the largest open-air museum. Once along the alley, there were 1,350 pink granite sphinx sculptures. The alley was presumably created during the reign of the thirtieth dynasty of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.
On the road, the length of which began to be 2.7 km, 1057 statues are majestically located. During excavations, archaeologists found 807 sphinxes with human heads and 250 with rams. But this, scientists say, is not all. In the course of further work, which will last several more years, they hope to find more than one ancient statue.
During the festive parade from the Luxor temple to Karnak, more than four hundred people marched in costumes from the heyday of Egypt. The restoration of the road began in 2017 and is finally completed. Now the Alley of Sphinxes has become available to tourists from all over the world.
The spectacular holiday was organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and was attended by the country’s President Fatah al-Sisi.
Last year, in 2020, Egypt’s tourism industry revenues reached $ 4 billion. And in 2019, this amount exceeded $ 13 billion.