Archaeologists have found a 26-foot statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum that the Antiquities Ministry has hailed as one of the most important discoveries ever.
Experts say it probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
The was unearthed near the ruins of Ramses II’s temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, which is located in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo.
The recovered bust and head of the antique statue measure 8 meters in length and are made of quartzite. The upper part of a smaller statue, depicting Pharaoh Seti II (Ramses II’s grandson), and pieces of an obelisk bearing hieroglyphics were also excavated. Experts have already begun restoring the artifacts, which will later be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum set to open in 2018.
Ramses II is often considered to have been the greatest Pharaoh to ever rule the Egyptian Empire, and he believed that the world was created in Heliopolis, modern-day Matariya. This latest unearthing of history could help to jump-start the Egyptian tourism industry, which has suffered greatly over the last 6 years due to political unrest and terror attacks.
Ramses II is widely considered to have been Ancient Egypt’s greatest Pharaoh and was a renowned military leader
Ramses II believed that the world was created in Heliopolis, now known as Matariya, the slum where this statue was found
Once the statues are ready, they will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, set to open in 2018