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'Egypt Reopens ‘Pyramid of Unas’ After 20-Year Closure'

Bericht door Thoetmosis XII » vr 03 jun 2016, 0:41

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Egypt Reopens ‘Pyramid of Unas’ After 20-Year Closure

EGYPTIAN STREETS (http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/05/27/egypt-reopens-pyramid-of-unas-after-20-year-closure/)
MAY 27, 2016

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Candlelight vigil held to inaugurate the opening of the Pyramid of Unas

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities reopened the Pyramid of Unas after more than 20 years of closure, reported state media Al-Ahram.

Located in Saqqara, the Pyramid was built for Pharaoh Unas, the ninth and final King of the Fifth Dynasty in around 2360 BC. The Pyramid was first entered by Gaston Maspero, a French Egyptologist, in 1881.

At a height of 43 metres, the Pyramid was once named Nefer Isut Unas, which translates to ‘Beautiful are the places of Unas.’

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Photograph from King Unas Pyramid

While it is dwarfed by the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Pyramid of Unas is of significant importance because of texts on its walls first discovered in 1881. These texts and others found in nearby pyramids of other rulers are known as the Pyramid Texts and are a collection of ancient Egyptian religious texts written in Old Egyptian.

Pharaoh Unas was the first Pharaoh to include ‘Pyramid Texts’, which had great significance for Ancient Egyptian beliefs of resurrection.

The inauguration on Thursday evening saw the attendance of Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and a number of archaeologists. The opening ceremony also attracted a number of foreign Egyptologists and saw the holding of a candlelight vigil at the Pyramid.

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Photograph from King Unas Pyramid

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities announced that the Ministry would open more ancient Egyptian sites to attract tourists to Egypt.

Egypt’s tourism revenues declined by 66 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to last year, with total earnings amounting to just USD 500 million, down from last year’s USD 1.5 billion.

Around four million Egyptians work in the tourism sector, which accounts for 12.6 percent of the country’s total employment and about 12 percent of the economy.
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Re: 'Egypt Reopens ‘Pyramid of Unas’ After 20-Year Closure'

Bericht door Nofret » di 06 sep 2016, 9:57

Dat is hartstikke gaaf, wel jammer dat dat nu pas allemaal gebeurd nu er niemand meer komt *19 *19 Er wordt steeds meer open gesteld de afgelopen jaren, maar veel helpt het niet met al die terreur idioten, die de toeristen weg houden *19 *18
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Re: 'Egypt Reopens ‘Pyramid of Unas’ After 20-Year Closure'

Bericht door Thoetmosis XII » di 06 sep 2016, 12:21

Voor het Dal der Koningen vind ik het super, dat de toeristen wegblijven. Na jaren van massale ademdampen en langs de fresco's schuivende toeristen, met alle schadelijke gevolgen van dien, eindelijk een goeie lange adempauze. Hopelijk gaan ze nu gestaag aan die replica's werken, dan kunnen de toeristen, als het te zijner tijd weer rustig is, daar naartoe. Ik moet er niet aan denken dat het Dal (toch een beetje m'n favoriete Egypte-plek) voorgoed verdwijnt door al dat massa-bezoek *18 *18
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