Tahrir Square soon to boast ancient obelisk and stone rams

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Sun, 16 Feb 2020 - 03:40 GMT

A general view of Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, (Reuters)

A general view of Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, (Reuters)

CAIRO – 16 February 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli visited Tahrir Square in Cairo on Sunday to inspect the development project run by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Culture.

Tahrir Square covers 45,000 meters, hosting the huge roundabout, Omar Makram Mosque, the Egyptian Museum, Mogamma el-Tahriri government complex, the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs building and the massive Tahrir Parking Garage.

Digging work has reached the underground metro station of Sadat to establish a base for a 19-meter high obelisk that weighs 100 tons. The obelisk, originally from Tanis in the north-eastern Nile Delta, has already been restored and installed.

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PM Mostafa Madbouli at Tahrir Square

Four ancient Egyptian statues of rams from Karnak Temple will also be moved to the iconic square.

About 90 percent of the renovation work has been accomplished, and when it is finalized, the square is set to be a major tourist attraction, especially that the area surrounding Tahrir in downtown boasts an old cosmopolitan style, in addition to the Egyptian Museum.


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