Pyramids of Egypt in 100 years will be destroyed

08.04.2004

08.04.2004


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The tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor will be destroyed after 20 years, and the pyramid of Cheops will stand for centuries. Sphinx would be the most durable, although he was given a more than respectable age survives, in fact, the last few days. 200 years and there is nothing left of the Sphinx — this pessimistic outlook Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass of Egypt. He is convinced that Egyptian antiquities are destroyed by hordes of tourists.

"Tutankhamun's tomb is visited by more than 500 people. Each of them leaves on the walls of the tomb about 20 g of condensate, released along with the breath. Through two decades of 10 thousand tons of steam entering into interaction with limestone from which the tomb was built, just will not leave from her stone unturned, "- said in an interview with Havas Egyptian weekly" Al-Musavvar. "

He emphasized that tourism brings to the Egyptian treasury $ 4 billion a year, is both a joy and a curse for the country. "What will be the future of tourism without our historic sites?" — Asks the world-famous Egyptologist.

The head of the Supreme Council called for an international conference on the protection of ancient Egyptian monuments with government agencies, representatives of travel agencies and environmental organizations. Hawass also announced an increase from November 1 this year, the price of tickets to the historic sites in order to improve funding for their conservation.

In addition, for an indefinite period will be closed to the famous necropolis of Saqqara, where the ancient stepped pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser III dynasty. Dilapidated state of the buildings age, nearly five thousand years now inspires the most serious concerns. ITAR-TASS.

07.04.2004

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