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Giza Pyramids Development Project

PM inaugurates first phase of pyramids plateau development

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab made a tour of the Pyramids area in Giza on Saturday 28/6/2014. He was accompanied by the ministers of tourism, and antiquities and the governor of Giza.

During the tour the premier inaugurated the first phase of the pyramids plateau project. The project will be implemented in three phases.

The first phase includes improving the roads leading to the pyramids area, the internal roads leading to the archaeological sites around the Great Pyramid and the road leading to Sphinx.
Source: http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=78568#.U7K0aJSSx30

Antiquities Minister: Giza Pyramids Development Project resumed

CAIRO: The second phase of Giza Pyramids development and rehabilitation project will be completed by the end of July, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh el-Damaty said in a statement Tuesday.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab launched a three-phase project mid-April to revive Egypt’s archaeological sites, particularly in the Giza plateau. The project is the collaborative work of a tripartite committee comprising experts from Ministries of Tourism and Antiquities and the Giza governorate.

Mahlab inaugurated the completion of the first phase of the project Saturday and pledged to finish the second phase by the end of July, Al-Ahram reported.

During the first phase of the project, the four side-entrances to the site have been closed down, restricting entry and exit to legal entrances only, Mahmoud Shoukry of the Tourism Promotion Authority told The Cairo Post.

“All the inner roads surrounding the site linking between the three pyramids and the sphinx have been paved along with over 50 surveillance cameras that have been installed all around the site,” Shoukry said.

The second phase, which began on Saturday, will focus on improving public services for tourists, including the setting up of several mobile lavatories. There will also be giant tents by the entrance and the exit of the site along with the entrances into the three pyramids, he added.

As for the third phase, Shoukry said it will start early September and will last for two months.

Vendors, photographers, horse and camel owners will be licensed, medically tested along with their crime history being investigated. They will be assigned with numbers in order to make it easier to track them in case of a tourist complaint, Shoukry said.

“Vendors are being more aggressive to their clients day after day,” freelance tour guide Hamed Mostafa told The Cairo Post and that many of his guests were either sexually harassed or forced to buy souvenirs during their tour at the Giza pyramids.

“Vendors present a bad and untrue image of Egypt and because of their toughness, tourists sometimes are forced to shorten their visit,” Mostafa said.

Fixed routes and prices will be assigned for horse- and camel-back rides, Shoukry said.

The tourism sector has been in unprecedented decline since the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and several European countries issued travel advices or bans to Egypt since.

Egypt received around two million tourists in the first three months of 2014, a 30 percent drop from the same period in the previous year, according to a Tourism Ministry official statement in April.
Source: http://thecairopost.com/news/116956...ter-giza-pyramids-development-project-resumed
 

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Sphinx will undergo renovation: Antiquities Minister

Aug. 29, 2014 11:23

CAIRO: Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh el-Damaty announced the 4,000-year-old Great Sphinx at Giza Plateau will undergo partial renovation over the next two months, Youm7 reported Thursday.

“The Sphinx has been repeatedly renovated several times during the past few decades due to the poor state of the rock from which it was carved from and the sewage system installed in the nearby Cairo suburb of Nazlet el-Samman,” Damaty said.

In spite of the many restoration works previously carried out, the problems with its rock core body, including moisture, were never addressed, Damaty said. The outer casing covering its body might have stopped its large chunks from falling but its effects on the natural rock surface, which had been collapsing, remained unknown.

The Great Sphinx, a guardian of the necropolis at Giza from evil, eroded drastically as it has endured centuries of abuse, wind, humidity, and smog of modern Cairo, Nour el-Din said and that attempts to restore it have often caused more harm than good.

In 1920, the Sphinx was restored with cement and gypsum mortar which caused cracks and stresses within the statue’s soft limestone. In 1988, a large limestone chunk fell from its shoulder, dean of Minya University’s Faculty of Tourism and Hotels Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Thursday.

“Being under the sand and the dry heat for over fourteen centuries has helped preserve this amazing monument,” Sabban said.

The Sphinx, the oldest existing colossal sculpture in the history of mankind located at the foot of Giza Pyramids, was carved from one piece of limestone rock for Pharaoh Chephren about 2650 B.C, former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Abdel Halem Nour el-Din told The Cairo Post Thursday.

It is 72.55 meters in length and 20.22 meters tall, he added.

“Its lion body symbolized the Pharaoh’s power and authority while its head represented the wisdom and intelligence of the Pharaoh, the guarantor of the cosmic order,” Nour el-Din added.

Source: http://thecairopost.com/news/123638/news/sphinx-will-undergo-renovation-antiquities-minister
 
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