Sphinx Alley reopened in Luxor

With an elaborately produced show, Egypt reopened the 3,000-year-old Sphinx Avenue between two temples in the city of Luxor and advertised the country as a “fantastic and safe” travel destination. At the television spectacle on the Nile yesterday, hundreds of dancers and costumed actors marched down the avenue lined with statues of the Sphinx. The restored avenue makes Luxor the “largest open-air museum in the world,” said Ancient Minister Chalid al-Anani during the ceremony.

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The parade is the second show of its kind in a year. In April the mummies of 22 pharaohs in Cairo were moved to a new museum. As in April, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also took part this time. The partly pre-produced show with musicians, dancers and fireworks was aimed at a TV audience. As in April in Cairo, spectators on the street were not allowed.

The parade should also commemorate the ancient Opet festival. A solemn procession took place from the Karnak to the Luxor temple to celebrate the annual Nile flood, which renewed the land and made it fertile again. Statues of gods were also carried in barges from one temple to another. The 2,700 meter long avenue with more than 1,300 sphinxes, including human and ram heads, was buried for decades.

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