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Karnak sphinxes removal causes upset in Egypt

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"For almost 3,000 years, dozens of sphinx-like statues with the body of a lion and the head of a ram have lived in the shadow of the majestic temple of Karnak in the ancient city of Luxor in southern Egypt.

"Now four of the statues have been summoned to Cairo, Egypt’s modern-day capital 500 kilometres to the north, to be part of a renovation of Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising and home to both the famed Egyptian Museum and the Arab League headquarters."

Full short report at The National (UAE): https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-s-plan-to-move-karnak-temple-statues-causes-a-stir-1.960207

 

" The transferred sphinxes were taken from behind the temple’s first pylon, not from the famous avenue of sphinxes known as Kebbash Road that once connected Karnak and Luxor temples, they are from the first courtyard behind Karnak’s first pylon. That courtyard contains 30 pairs of sphinxes that once decorated the temple’s second pylon. "

Full report at Egypt Today: https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79324/Al-Khalifa-condemns-the-transfer-of-the-sphinxes-from-Karnak

 

Can Karnak sphinxes survive on Tahrir Square?

Full article at Al-Monitor: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/moving-karnak-rams-to-egypts-iconic-tahrir-square-raises-co.html

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Manwon Lender
3 hours ago, Eldorado said:

"For almost 3,000 years, dozens of sphinx-like statues with the body of a lion and the head of a ram have lived in the shadow of the majestic temple of Karnak in the ancient city of Luxor in southern Egypt.

"Now four of the statues have been summoned to Cairo, Egypt’s modern-day capital 500 kilometres to the north, to be part of a renovation of Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising and home to both the famed Egyptian Museum and the Arab League headquarters."

Full short report at The National (UAE): https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-s-plan-to-move-karnak-temple-statues-causes-a-stir-1.960207

 

" The transferred sphinxes were taken from behind the temple’s first pylon, not from the famous avenue of sphinxes known as Kebbash Road that once connected Karnak and Luxor temples, they are from the first courtyard behind Karnak’s first pylon. That courtyard contains 30 pairs of sphinxes that once decorated the temple’s second pylon. "

Full report at Egypt Today: https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79324/Al-Khalifa-condemns-the-transfer-of-the-sphinxes-from-Karnak

 

Can Karnak sphinxes survive on Tahrir Square?

Full article at Al-Monitor: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/moving-karnak-rams-to-egypts-iconic-tahrir-square-raises-co.html

I don't know if the environment they are being moved to will effect the integrity of the statues, but I do know forms of acidic pollution can cause stone to break down. If this is true it is a very tragic thing to allow to happen to historical items like these. In addition since these items were placed under protection by UNESCO it's a crime to place these items in danger of being damaged.

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