CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt moved an 83-tonne, 3,200-year-old statue of King Ramses II to the atrium of Cairo’s new Grand Egyptian Museum on Thursday in a complex operation undertaken by army engineers and specialist contractors movie Manhattan.
The ancient colossus was taken on its 400-metre (437.45-yard) journey inside a cage mounted on a truck and suspended like a pendulum from a steel beam to help offset any jolts from the ground during transport 이브 모바일 다운로드.
The road surfaces were treated with special materials to ensure they could adequately bear Ramses’s huge weight. The transfer operation cost 13.6 million Egyptian pounds ($770,000) Download Chinese drama.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the move, former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass underlined the importance of the museum project to Egypt’s tourism sector, which has been damaged in recent years by political violence Leap Gothic 500.
“It will tell people that Egypt is safe and you can come and visit us because we need the tourism for the preservation of the Egyptian antiquities.”
At its new location the statue will be the first thing visitors see as they enter the museum, part of which will open later this year ahead of its expected official launch in 2022 블리자드 디아블로 다운로드.
The colossus was unearthed at the Mit Rahina archaeological site in 1820 by the Italian adventurer Giovanni Caviglia 안드로이드 volley 다운로드. Thursday’s move was the fourth it has seen over its several millennia of existence.
It was first moved from the quarry where it was made to Mit Rahina before being shifted in 1955 to Ramses Square in Cairo tftp 파일 다운로드. Increasing pollution and congestion at the square prompted its next move in 2006 to safekeeping in a storage area where it was kept of public view until now 이지 아이 캐릭 다운로드.
Egypt’s tourism sector is one of the country’s main sources of foreign currency but it has struggled since a 2011 uprising that led to years of violent instability including a spate of Islamist militant attacks subtitles in one shot.
The sector saw an improvement in 2017, with revenues jumping 123.5 percent year-on-year to $7.6 billion and the number of tourists visiting rising 54 percent to 8.3 million.
The number of visitors in 2017, however, was still well below the 14.7 million who came in 2010 before the uprising.
($1 = 17.6400 Egyptian pounds)
Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; editing by Mark Heinrich