“The Sphinx Avenue” grand ceremony aims to convert Luxor into an open museum



Thu, 25 Nov 2021 - 01:21 GMT


Thu, 25 Nov 2021 - 01:21 GMT

FILE - Al-Kebbash Road

FILE - Al-Kebbash Road

CAIRO – 25 November 2021: The entire world is anticipating the legendary ceremonial grand event “Luxor – The Sphinx Avenue” scheduled to take place on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.





The giant project of restoring Al-Kebbash Road {Rams Road} will turn Luxor into an open museum, since the road connects the Karnak Temples in the north with Luxor Temple in the south, bringing the total length of the road to 2,700 meters, with nearly 1,200 statues.






The road is divided into 3 main parts:

The first part starts from the tenth edifice of the Karnak Temples and heads south for a distance of 300 meters to the gate of the Mut Temple. This road was built in the era of King Tutankhamun, and is considered the oldest part of the road visible so far. This part of the road is lined with sphinx-shaped statues with a lion's body and a ram's head. They are huge statues, sitting on bases with inscriptions. The weight of the statue ranges between 5 and 7 tons; its length reaches 3 meters and 70 cm, and its width is a meter and a quarter.





The statues embrace the statue of Ramses II [A symbol of protection], as the ram expresses the deity Amun-Ra.





The second part extends in front of the Temple of Khonsu, one of the Karnak Temples, and dates back to the era of Amenhotep III, who started the construction of the Luxor Temple. The statues in this part take the form of a full ram. The second part’s current location is not its original location, which was in one of the funerary temples on the western mainland in Thebes. It was brought to this place during the reign of King Herihor, one of the kings of Dynasty 21.





The third part is the Rams Road that extends from the Temple of Nut towards the west or towards the Nile for a distance of about 200 meters and then deviates to the south in one direction with a length of 2000 meters until it reaches the Luxor Temple.





This is what was built by King Nectanebo I, founder of the 30th Dynasty, the last of the dynasties of the era of the pharaohs.





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