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3000-Year-Old Statue Of Egypt’s Greatest Pharaoh Ramses II Was Found In Cairo’s Slums (13 pics)

Posted in Random » Wow   13 Mar 2017   / 3918 views

Cairo slums have been holding an amazing piece of Egyptian history  for about 3000 years

The statue, believed to depict the legendary Pharaoh Ramses II, measure 8 meters long, and was submerged in ground water

Ramses II is widely considered to have been Ancient Egypt’s greatest Pharaoh, and was a renowned military leader

A partial statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II’s grandson, and pieces of an obelisk were also recovered from the site

Ramses II believed that the world was created in Heliopolis, now known as Matariya, the slum where this statue was found

These monumental findings were unearthed by a team of German and Egyptian archaeologists, and are currently being restored

Locals were just as amazed by the artifacts as those who found them, and gathered around to take photos of them

Once the statues are ready, they will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, set to open in 2018

This could help to jump-start Egyptian tourism, which has suffered over the last 6 years due to political unrest and terrorist attacks

Matariya is believed to be the site of the Ancient Egyptian sun temples, which were built to worship Ra, the god of sun

Other ruins of Heliopolis were previously found in the Northern regions of Cairo, making this statue extremely likely to be Ramses II

The sun temples were purportedly double the size of Luxor’s Karnak, but were destroyed during Greco-Roman times

The unearthing of these statues will hopefully tell us even more about the life of Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, including Ramses the Great

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