The restored road connecting two ancient Egyptian temple complexes in Karnak and Luxor was formally inaugurated on Thursday night in a lavish ceremony that will raise the profile of an important tourist spot in Egypt.
The procession to reopen the 2.7 km (1.7 mile) road was called the Opet Festival; statues of the Anarchists were taken annually during the New Kingdom era, to celebrate fertility and the Nile's flood.
During the ceremony, a parade of pharaonic chariots and more than 400 young performers dressed in pharaonic costumes attended the parade on the street.
The 3-400-year-old road that identifies the ancient cities of Karnak and Luxor, also known as the street of the Rams or the Sphinxes Avenue, is lined with sphinxes from 3 to 4:00. Over the years, a lot of ram- and human-headed sphinxes have been abandoned or destroyed.
The road has been rebuilding after being discovered in 1949, and was restored into 2017 when the latest attempt began in 2017.
Tourism is a vital source of jobs and hard currency for Egypt, which has made a hard effort to lure back the travellers not from the coronavirus pandemic.
In April, 22 ancient royal mummies from Luxor and the nearby valley of the Kings were carried from Cairo's Egyptian Museum to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.
In 2020, the tourism revenues from Egypt fell to about $4 billion compared to $13 billion.