FILE - San el Hagar archaeological area
CAIRO - 18 September 2019: Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani discussed with the French ambassador in Cairo and his accompanying delegation activating the Egyptian-French project to develop the archaeological city of Tanis.
Tanis is located on the site of San el-Hagar in Sharkia governorate and both parties aim to convert it into an open museum. The project was launched by the ministry in April, and the French side has provided the appropriate budget for its implementation.
The meeting was attended by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, director of the French Institute of Oriental Antiquities and the general supervisor of the Department of Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities.
It is noteworthy that the project of development of San el-Hagar archaeological site is the result of the coordination between the Egyptian and French sides within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Antiquities to upgrade the services in archaeological sites. San el-Hagar is an important archaeological city; it has been the focus of French archaeological missions for nearly 90 years.
The development project includes the establishment of a center for visitors, creating a path to the visitors, provide services and put signs to explain the archaeological area. This is in addition to the restoration of royal tombs and monuments, and putting them on the map of local and international tourism.
The ministry also repaired, assembled, re-installed and lifted two obelisks and statues in the archaeological area in preparation for the revival of the entire area.
San el-Hagar archaeological area is considered “Thebes of the North”. Despite the historical value it retains, most of its monuments were shattered and scattered on site.