Four ram-headed sphinxes arrive at Tahrir Square for permanent exhibition following restoration

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 2 May 2020

Ram-headed sphinxes

Four ram-headed sphinxes were transported Friday night  to their new permanent exhibition at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo following months of restoration.

The sphinxes were originally located at the first courtyard behind Karnak Temple’s first pylon in Luxor. The courtyard was lined with 30 pairs of sphinxes.

Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said two ram-headed sphinxes were already installed on their bases beside the recently restored and erected obelisk in Tahrir Square as part of its development project.

He added that work will continue overnight to install the other two sphinxes before covering the four sphinxes with wooden boxes until the opening of the Tahrir Square development project.

The obelisk was transported to the square in pieces a few months ago from San Al-Hagar archaeological site in Sharqiya governorate. It was then restored, assembled and erected at the square.

The project is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities in coordination with Cairo governorate and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities as part of the plan to showcase Egypt’s civilisation.

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