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Old September 22nd, 2008, 05:55 AM   #1
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Ramses II Temple in Cairo

Ramses II temple discovered in Cairo
15 September 2008
Agence France Presse

An Egyptian archaeological team has unearthed a temple and parts of a statue belonging to one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs, in a rare find inside the capital, the official MENA agency reported on Monday.

A temple built for 19th dynasty King Ramses II was found in the Ain Shams area in east Cairo, MENA said.

"The team also found parts of a giant statue of Ramses II" as well as "large slabs of limestone used to build the temple," MENA said.

In 2006, one of Cairo's landmarks, a colossal 100-tonne, 11-metre (36 feet) high pink granite statue of Ramses II, was moved from the polluted city to a spot near the pyramids and closer to its original site.

Ramses II reigned over Egypt for around 68 years, from 1304 to 1237 BC, and is believed to have lived to the age of 90.

He covered the country with monuments to his exploits and his mummy, on display in the National Museum in Cairo, is one of the country's biggest tourist attractions.
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