Saturday, April 29, 2017

Colossus 82-ton statue of Ramses II unveiled in Egypt after restoration

By Sarah Cascone

The latest tourist attraction at the Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt, is a towering statue of Ramses II, now fully restored for the first time since its 1958–60 discovery, when it was found in 58 pieces. The massive work measures 36 feet tall and weighs 82 tons. The black granite statue, which depicts the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt, was damaged during an earthquake in the fourth century. The unveiling of the restored colossus took place the evening April 18, just after Egypt announced the discovery of the 3,500-year-old tomb of the nobleman Userhat. [link]
A newly restored colossus statue of king Ramses II is seen at the Luxor Temple in Luxor. Courtesy of Ahmed Gomaa/the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry.