A grand ceremony marked the reopening of the 3,400-year-old walkway in the ancient city of Thebes. Egyptian authorities hope to boost the country's struggling tourism sector.
Egypt hopes to give its tourism sector a boost with the unveiling of the renovated Avenue of the Sphinxes
The newly renovated Avenue of the Sphinxes has
been reopened with a spectacular ceremony in the city of Luxor on Thursday.
The Karnak and Luxor temples are linked by the
promenade which dates back nearly 3,400 years in what used to be the city of
Thebes. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attended the televised event
along with other senior officials.
Performers drive chariots along 'Road of the
The 2.7km (1.7 mile) walkway has had a number
of restoration efforts since it was discovered in 1949.
The path which is also known as the Road of
the Rams is flanked by hundreds of ram and human-hThe ceremony had a
reenactment of an ancient procession along the walkway which involved hundreds
of performers who rode in chariots who were dressed in clothing from the New
According to Egypt's Minister of Tourism and
Antiquities Khaled al-Enani around one third of the statues have been unearthed
and searches would continue for more.
Egypt wants to revive tourism
The country's income from tourism has taken a
large knock since the 2011 uprising that saw the ousting of President Hosni
The global pandemic also hit tourism hard
causing revenue to plummet to $4 billion (€3.5 billion) in 2020 from $13
billion the year before.
Egyptian officials said that Thursday's event
is part of a push to promote the southern city of Luxor as one of the world's
largest open-air museums.
In April, 22 royal mummies were taken in a
procession from Luxor to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. The
elaborate procession was dubbed the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade" and was
also televised before a global audience.
Officials hope these events will heighten the
profile of Luxor and Egypt's other sites, restoring Egypt's prestige in the
global tourism sector.
kb/dj (AP, dpa, Reuters)