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Up to 70K tourists visited Pyramids during Eid al-Adha: Ministry

The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, said that the Giza pyramids area received nearly 70,000 visitors during the Eid week.

Several archaeological sites and museums across Egypt saw great turnout from domestic and international tourists during the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Waziri added that thousands visited Egyptian museums across the country, such as the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Alexandria National Museum, the Royal Jewelery Museum, the Sohag Museum, the areas of Salah Eddin Citadel in Cairo, Historic Cairo, and archaeological sites in Alexandria such as Qaitbay Castle, Kom el-Shoqafa, Pompey’s Pillar.

These statistics reflect a great passion among the Egyptian society for its civilization and increased interest in learning and knowledge of its historical heritage, he noted, adding that these sites and museums are among the most distinguished tourist attractions in Egypt.

The CEO of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Ahmed Ghoneim, indicated that his museum received about 25,000 visitors during the Eid holiday.

He assured its services that helped provide a hospitable atmosphere for them to enjoy their holiday, and sweets were distributed.

A new service launched by the museum during the Eid holiday allowed visitors to photograph in augmented reality with artifacts that were not allowed to be photographed inside the museum, he announced.

Ghoneim said that this witnessed a great demand from the public -whether Egyptians or foreigners.

The Head of the Museums Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities Moamen Othman said that the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir witnessed a large turnout of Egyptian and foreign visitors during the week of the Eid holiday, with more than 20,000 visitors.

Students of archeology, literature and tourism guidance explained various things to Egyptian visitors free of charge.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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