Egypt continues to write history by officially unveiling the 3,000-year-old Sphinxes Avenue (El Kebbash Road) in a spectacular ceremony.
Sphinxes Avenue which connects Karnak Temple with Luxor Temple, have been uncovered in the ancient city of Thebes, with its distinctive sphinxes and ram-headed statues lined up on both flanks.
Construction Sphinxes Avenue began during the New Kingdom era and was completed during the reign of 30th Dynasty ruler Nectanebo I (380-362 B.C.), but the road was buried under layers of sand over the centuries.
Most of the original 1,057 statues in the avenue have been recovered.
They are divided into three shapes, the first being a body of a lion with ram's head that was erected over a nearly 1,000-foot area between the Karnak Temple and the Precinct of Mut during the reign of New Kingdom ruler Tutankhamen, famously known as King Tut.