Saturday 20 October 2018

Egypt’s colossus gets pyramid view as he is moved to new location

The 3,300-year-old statue of the pharaoh has been moved to a site to be known as the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The colossal statue of Ramses on its journey to its new home (Amr Nabil/AP)
The colossal statue of Ramses on its journey to its new home (Amr Nabil/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The ancient colossus of Egypt’s famed pharaoh Ramses II has been placed at the entrance of a museum under construction near the country’s famed pyramids outside the capital Cairo.

The placement of the colossus, announced by Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry, which weighs over 80 tons and is some 12 metres high, occurred amid a great deal of fanfare and in the presence of Western and Egyptian officials.

The colossus, which dates back some 3,300 years, will be on display at the entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which will house some of Egypt’s most unique and precious ancient artefacts, including some belonging to famed boy King Tutankhamun.

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A drone hovers in front of the statue during its epic journey (Amr Nabil/AP)

Another 87 artefacts will be placed at the museum’s entrance, Egypt’s antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani said.

The first phase of the museum will be inaugurated later this year.

Press Association

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