Egypt Reopens Ancient ‘Avenue of Sphinxes’ in Luxor

Egypt has reopened the 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes to the public on Nov. 25 in an attempt to revive its tourism industry from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Egypt held an extravagant ceremony to attract tourists to the opening of the ancient sphinx-filled avenue in the southern city of Luxor, which was once the country’s capital, then called Thebes.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and his wife were in attendance, as well as other key government ministers.

The avenue, which took decades of restoration works, is nearly two miles long and measures about 250 feet wide. It links the Temple of Luxor with the Temple of Karnak on the Nile River’s eastern bank.

Egypt also intends to showcase Luxor as the “biggest open museum in the world.”

The ceremony is the second such event Egypt has held in six months.

In April, Cairo held a “royal procession,” dubbed as the Golden Parade, to move 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies to a newly inaugurated museum.

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