Luxor Museum now has on display an exhibition of 22 pieces of antiquities which were unearthed by the French expedition at the Ramesseum Temple on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor.
Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani opened the exhibition on Friday 4 November, to mark the 25th anniversary of the French expedition’s work at the Ramesseum. In a celebration held at Luxor to honour the event, and attended by French ambassador to Egypt Andre Parant, Dr Anani honoured Christian Leblanc, director of the French Archaeological Expedition since 1991.
The exhibition’s opening coincided with Luxor National Day celebrations, and marked the 94th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922.
The Ramesseum is the mortuary temple of the 13th century Pharaoh Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, one of the greatest of Egypt’s rulers in ancient times. It is located in theTheban necropolis in Upper Egypt, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. The name, or at least its French form, Rhamesséion, was coined by Jean-François Champollion, who visited the ruins of the site in 1829 and first identified the hieroglyphs making up Ramesses’s names and titles on the walls. It was originally called the House of millions of years. But a large part of the temple is today mostly in ruins.
6 November 2016