Author: Viktor Ozerov
On the west bank of the Nile in the Egyptian city of Luxor, archaeologists unearthed a giant statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.
According to Daily Telegraph, this pharaoh ruled the country in the heyday — in the 1390-1352 years BC. Apparently, during his lifetime he built his so-called funerary temple, the eastern entrance to which is still guarded by the famous Colossi of Memnon — two giant statues of the pharaoh. Archaeologists suggest that these two huge statues were supposed to guard the northern entrance to the temple of Amenhotep — apparently they collapsed during a powerful earthquake that struck in 27 BC. e.
According to Egypt's Minister of State for Antiquities Zaki Hawass, the wreckage of the two statues Egyptologists have discovered in the 70's of last century, but they began to dig out just now. 13.65 meter tall statue, made of colored quartzite and split into seven parts, archaeologists cleaned of sand and begin to restore. Soon will unearth the statue's head, and the second statue. After restoration, they will be installed in its rightful place, at the northern entrance of the temple of Amenhotep.
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