Southern corner of the Great Pyramid of Khufu revealed for the first time in decades

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 5 Feb 2022

Visitors to the Giza Plateau can now finally enjoy an unobstructed view of the entire southern angle of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, after the Khufu Boat Museum that had blocked the view for decades was removed.

Pyramids of Giza
File Photo: A general view of (R to L) the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure at the Giza Pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo, Egypt. AFP

The museum was built and inaugurated at the site in 1982 on the location where the first Khufu boat was discovered in 1954 at the southern side of the Great Pyramid.

The museum had distorted the aesthetic view of the Great Pyramid for decades, the only surviving example of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquites (SCA), explained that the museum was demolished, not only because it distorted the panoramic view of the pyramid, but because it had become redundant after the boat that was exhibited inside had been moved to a new, state-of-the-art display inside the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) last year.

In August 2021, the work team from SCA and GEM carried out a complex three-day operation to move the boat to its new resting location after nearly a year of preparation.

Waziri described the boat as one of the largest, oldest and most important wooden antiquities in human history, and that its new location would display it in a manner commensurate with its historical and archaeological importance.

The previous museum was not equipped to house the boat, whose organic structure soon began to decay after being unearthed.

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