Egypt: spectacular ritual procession in Luxor

(by Rodolfo Calò) CAIRO, 25 NOV – After the translation of the mummies of pharaohs to Cairo last April, Egypt has tonight staged another spectacular enhancement of its archaeological heritage, this time in Luxor: in a riot of lights , percussion and monumental beauties enhanced by expert TV shots, the famous “Avenue of the Sphinxes” was reopened in the presence of the Egyptian head of state, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Almost 3,000 years old and more than 2,700 meters long, the newly restored road connects the iconic Egyptian temples of Karnak and Luxor and is well known for the approximately 1,200 traditional and cryophalic sphinxes, that is, with the body of a lion and the head of a ram, lined up on the sides . On the seven-meter wide street, figures dressed as priests paraded carrying gilded boats on sedans, accompanied by dancing vestals and bearers of luminous poles. The soundtrack was classical vocal music rhythmic among other things by about 160 percussionists and military bands, as anticipated by the Egyptian media. The television event, which began at 6:30 pm Italian time, was enriched with images of the temples taken by drones, warm spotlights and torches, attractive presenters in evening dresses, tourist documentaries, ballets on boats on the Nile. The protagonist of the introduction was Sisi, who visited the Luxor temple under the guidance of the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al-Anani. (HANDLE).

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