CAIRO – 7 August 2022: Within the framework of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ plan to restore and develop archaeological sites nationwide, especially in Upper Egypt, the Supreme Council of Antiquities completed the restoration of the gold shrine at Medinet Habu Temple on the western bank of Luxor Governorate.
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri stated that the restoration work was carried out exclusively by the Egyptian restorers of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The restoration work included removing dirt, soot and damage caused by erosion factors. This made the original colors of the cabin reappear clearly.
For his part, Director General of Maintenance and Restoration in Upper Egypt Saadi Awad said that the restoration of the gold shrine is part of the Habu Temple restoration project, which began in March 2022.
Awad added that the restoration works were documented in the cabin before, during and after the restoration. These also included preliminary strengthening works before cleaning, mechanical and chemical cleaning works, dirt removal, replacing old dilapidated restorations on walls, in addition to various wall strengthening works.
It should be noted that the Temple of Habu is one of the most important Egyptian temples. It was built in memory of King Ramses III, who built it to hold funeral rites and worship the god Amun. It consists of a first courtyard with inscriptions for the wars fought by King Ramses III, then the second courtyard with inscriptions for celebrations. It is followed by the pillared hall and on its sides are the chapels of the temple, the most important of which is the gold chapel, which has been restored to its original colors.