donderdag 30 juni 2011


After five years of hard work, the avenue of Sphinxes has been reincarnated into its original form, inviting Luxor’s visitors to walk along the historical avenue as the ancient Egyptians did in the days of the Pharaohs.

To celebrate the restoration, said Mansour Boreik, director of Luxor monuments, the ministry of state for antiquities (MSA) is organizing a special inauguration ceremony on October at the avenue. Sound and Light Company is installing a special lamp to light the avenue and showcase the distinguished artistic beauty of its sphinxes, as well as the monuments that were unearthed during the route’s development project, including Greco-Roman workshops and wine factories.

The 2,700 metre long avenue of sphinxes was built during the reign of Pharaoh Nectanebo I of the 30th dynasty. It replaced one built in the 18th dynasty, by Queen Hatshepsut (1502-1482 BC), as recorded on the walls of her red chapel in Karnak Temple.

Sadly, however, over the span of history the avenue was lost, subjected to destruction and some of its sphinxes destroyed, as sections of the avenue far from both temples were covered with sand and buried under random housing.

Within the framework of the MSA programme to restore ancient Egyptian monuments with a view to developing the entire Luxor governorate into an open-air museum, a project was planned to recover the lost elements of the avenue, restore the sphinxes and return the site to the splendor it enjoyed in ancient Egypt.

Egypt to boost African cultural ties

In an official announcement, the Arterial Network stated that Emad Abu Ghazi, Egypt's culture minister, Egypt’s intention “to enhance and build strong cultural ties with all African countries”. An Arterial Network press release circulated in many African countries among cultural institutions and individuals active in the arts said "Abu Ghazi denounced ousted President Hosni Mubarak's policies towards Africa, describing Egypt's neglect of its neighbours and the continent at large during the Mubarak era as a crime. The culture minister pointed out that the long-awaited Luxor festival will be inaugurated in January with every single African state invited."

The Arterial Network is a body formed to support and encourage the growth of African arts, and includes individuals, organisations, donors, companies and institutions working in the cultural arena all across Africa.

In March 2011, together with six other African countries, UNESCO and the European Union added Egypt – represented by Basma El Husseiny – to a database of 30 technical experts providing cultural-policy assistance to developing countries. This is Egypt’s first active involvement in a continuously expanding Arterial Network.

donderdag 23 juni 2011

1895 - Auguste & Luis Lumière: Egipte, panorama des rives du Nil

Ancient Islamic and Coptic buildings

An Egyptian expedition team working in Luxor discovered remnants of  the Ministry of Antiquities announced Wednesday.
The remnants include churches, minarets and domes and are located in the Luxor Temple area along the Avenue of the Sphinxes, according to a ministry statement.
The team found remains of an ancient church that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (AD 5), built with stone blocks typical of ancient temples. The church reflects the style of ancient Egyptian architecture in its stone cornices, columns and ceiling vault.
As for the Islamic monuments, the expedition team found the authentic architrave of a mosque called al-Muqashqash, as well as the minaret and dome of another mosque, Abul Hajjaj.

donderdag 16 juni 2011

Tomb of Djehuty

A Spanish mission working at Dra Abu El-Naga on the West Bank at Luxor has discovered a second, painted burial chamber in the tomb of Djehuty (TT11). At the entrance the Djehuty Proyecto found 5 gold earrings and 2 gold rings, which date to the early- to mid-18th Dynasty and probably belonged to Djehuty or to a member of his family.