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Egypt concludes 1st phase of restoration project in Great Hypostyle Hall in Karnak temple

The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri announced on Wednesday that the first phase of the restoration of the Great Hypostyle Hall in Karnak has been completed.

He explained that the development work turned the hall into an architectural and artistic masterpiece, with its red, yellow, blue and green colors restored.

Waziri noted that this work is being carried out under the patronage of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, and with the full support of Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany.

Egyptian restorers renovated the Great Hypostyle Hall to its beauty and splendor, by removing dirt, calcifications that had long since hid its colors.

He said that restoring the hall’s colors will serve to attract tourists.

A total of 134 columns sit in the hall, each of which is about 20 meters high, Ghareeb Sonbol, a consultant for conservation and restoration at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said. 

The restoration team at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with a number of graduates of the restoration departments at Luxor and South Valley Universities and the Institute of Restoration in Luxor also worked on restoring the columns in the Great Pillar Hall in Karnak temples and showing their original colors.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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