Church unearthed in Egypt

2010-05-11 12:03

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the ruins of a 1

600-year-old church and a nilometer, an ancient instrument used to measure the

level of the Nile River, the culture minister said on Tuesday.

The discovery was made during work to restore the 2 700m-long

Avenue of Sphinxes, which connects the Luxor and Karnak temples, in the southern

city of Luxor.

The Coptic-era church was built with limestone blocks that

originally belonged to Ptolemaic and Roman temples, Zahi Hawass, the head of the

supreme council of antiquities (SCA) said.

The blocks are engraved with scenes depicting Ptolemaic and Roman

kings offering sacrifices to ancient Egyptian deities.

The archaeologists also unearthed foundation stones which were used

to instal the sphinx statues that used to be found along the Avenue of


Since the beginning of restoration work at the Avenue of Sphinxes,

28 sphinx statues have been unearthed.

They are to be displayed in their

original positions along the avenue.


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