60% of the first column in the Great Pillar Hall of Karnak Temple has been restored in preparation for the upcoming celebration to commemorate the national Rams Road development project.
The restoration team from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has completed the restoration of about 60% of the first column in the Great Pillar Hall of Karnak Temple, in preparation for the upcoming celebration to commemorate the national Rams Road development project.
The process has culminated in the unveiling of the pillars' original colours after removing the damage caused by erosion and other factors attributed to millennia of exposure to the elements. Lending a helping hand in the restoration are a number of graduates from the restoration departments at Luxor University and South Valley University, as well as the Institute of Restoration in Luxor.
The ongoing work seeks to restore an additional 134 columns, each of which is about 20 metres high, in addition to the restoration of decorative adornments and hieroglyphic writings along the pillars’ lengths. The statue of King Thutmose II located in the eighth edifice of the Temple will also be restored, along with the pillared hall of Luxor Temple.