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Egypt Completes Restoration Of Isis Temple In Aswan

FILE PHOTO: Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany (C) and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Mostafa Waziri (R) look at a 2,500-year-old coffin discovered in Giza, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Handout via Xinhua)

 

Restoring and developing the Isis Temple in Aswan city, southern Egypt, has been completed ahead of its opening soon, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement on Tuesday.

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“The restoration included fixing the floors and columns, cleaning the walls and ceils from the remains of birds and bats,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

He added that the cleaning works covered the inscriptions at the entrance to the temple’s sanctum, the drawings, and colors on the temple entrance and the side doors.

Discovered in 1817, the 19-meter-long Isis temple was built by King Ptolemy II to worship the goddess Isis.

The two-door temple was built of sandstone, but its construction hasn’t been completed.

According to the statement, the temple’s main door is crowned by the winged sun disk. The main hall of the temple leads to three rooms, with the middle room’s walls engraved with some scenes of offerings.

Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities Ayman Ashmawy said development works at the site included a path for the visitors from the entrance to the exit of the temple.

He added that small pottery vessels and some brick walls have been discovered during the restoration work.

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