Egypt Independent

Photos| After its restoration, Egypt reopens Ramses I tomb in Luxor for visitors



Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany attended on Saturday the reopening of the tomb of King Ramses at the Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s west bank, after the tomb underwent restoration.

The reopening came during a visit by Anany to the area accompanied by the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.

In a ministry statement, Waziri said that floors of the tomb restored and damage from birds and bats was scrubbed from the walls. He added that inscriptions were also restored and cleaned.

The tomb was discovered in 1817 by Giovanni Belzoni. It is 29 meters long, and consists of a short corridor that ends with a burial chamber of stone containing a granite sarcophagus.

The most important inscription of the tomb is located on the left wall of the burial chamber. Here lies the Book of Gates, and a scene that represents the king kneeling before the spirits of Nekhen, Bi and Hierakonpolis. The mummy of the king is displayed in the Luxor Museum at the Hall of the Glory of Thebes.

Ramses I was a deputy of the army in the era of Horemheb who founded the 19th Dynasty in the period from 1292-1290 BC.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm