Egypt begins restoration of colossus of Ramses II at Karnak Temples
Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is conducting comprehensive restoration work on a colossus statue of king Ramsess II that once decorated the façade of the first pylon of the Karnak Temple Complex.
|The head of the colossus statue [Credit: Abdel Razek Ali]|
The colossus of Egypt's most celebrated pharaoh stood in front of Karnak's first pylon along with five others. Four of these colossi depict the king standing and the two others sitting.
|Parts of the colossus in situ [Credit: Abdel Razek Ali]|
In 2016, the ministry decided to restore and reconstruct one of these statues. Luxor governorate has supported the project by providing the materials needed for restoration.
|The body of the statue [Credit: Abdel Razek Ali]|
Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [February 22, 2017]