Temple of Queen Hatshepsut safe despite nearby fire
Fire in a nearby shop did not spread to the famous Luxor temple
Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 6 Aug 2013
A fire broke out on Tuesday morning at a shop near the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor.
The wooden shop was lost in the fire, and several nearby shops were also damaged in the area, which includes around two dozen shops selling souvenirs and local goods.
The temple is located in the Deir El-Bahari site on the west bank of the Nile.
Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online that the temple is safe and no damaged occurred. "Thank God that the shop was located one kilometre away from the temple and the fire did not reach its walls," he said.
Ibrahim has assigned an archaeological committee to follow up on the situation there, and said he had put in place security measures to protect the temple.
The temple is a world-famous archaeological site. Designed and built by Ancient Egyptian architect Senenmut, it honours the only queen ever to rule Egypt as pharaoh.