In Egypt, the upper part of the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II has been found: the lower part was discovered almost 100 years ago

By TravelWiseMar 19, 2024 17:27 PMNews
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In Egypt, the upper part of the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II has been found: the lower part was discovered almost 100 years ago
The upper part of the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II was found in Egypt. Source: Instagram/ministry_tourism_antiquities

A sensational archaeological discovery was made last week near Cairo. A joint Egyptian-American archaeological mission led by the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the University of Colorado has solved a century-old mystery related to the monumental statue of Pharaoh Ramses II.

In the vicinity of the ancient city of Hermopolis (modern-day El Ashmuneyn), about 250 kilometers south of Cairo, researchers discovered the top fragment of a majestic stone artifact - a statue of Pharaoh Ramses II. The photo was shared by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on Instagram.

The statue, adorned with a double crown and a headdress featuring the image of a royal cobra, is well preserved to this day but requires reconstruction.

It is worth noting that the lower part of the monument was discovered in 1930 by the German archaeologist Gunther Reder. After reconstruction, the majestic statue will reach a height of 7 meters.

"The Secretary General of the SCA confirmed that an archaeological study conducted on the discovered upper part of the statue proved that it belongs to the lower part, which was discovered by the German archaeologist G. Reder in 1930," the statement said.

During the reign of Ramses II, who represented the 19th dynasty, Egypt experienced a period of prosperity, becoming a vast empire stretching from Sudan to Syria. For almost a hundred years, it was believed that the statue's head was irreversibly lost, but now people will be able to fully appreciate the artist's work.

As TravelWise previously reported, Egypt has many incredible places to visit: from the turquoise sandy sea to historical and natural attractions.

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