The “Road of Rams” is originally a royal road that connected between “Luxor Temple” and “Karnak Temple” with a length of 2,700 meters, and the kings of ancient Egypt used it in religious ceremonies and rituals.
The road at that time had two names, the first: Wat Anther, which means the way of the Lord, and the second: Ta Mi Rahnet, which means “the way of rams.” This is because the entire road is decorated on both sides with statues in the form of rams in the position of the Sphinx, and the ram here symbolizes the god Amun. .
This road was unknown and unknown because it was buried underground for many centuries. The first to discover this road was the archaeological Dr. Zakaria Ghoneim in 1949, when he was excavating for antiquities and found 14 rams. Several years later, in the sixties, Dr. Muhammad Abdel Razek found On another 64 rams, and in 2002, Dr. “Mohammed Al-Sagheer” came to the fact that it was a full 2.7 km long road decorated on both sides with 1200 rams, and he was able to accurately determine the original old road.
The problem is that most of this road was buried underground, not only that, but houses, residences, mosques, churches and government buildings were built over this archaeological path in the area known as “Naga Abu Asba”, which means that in order for the process of reviving the old road to take place, all of these must be removed.
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Infringements, and this requires a real political will, because the cost of expropriating all these properties and compensating their owners and providing them with alternative places requires a very high cost in addition to the technical difficulty in discovering and restoring the ancient archaeological road, as well as restoring the rams that were discovered, most of which were in a deplorable condition.
For all these reasons, the project to revive the “Road of Rams” remained just a difficult dream, even two years ago, when the state decided to take on this great challenge and provide all material and technical capabilities for it, so the project came back into the spotlight once again.
Indeed, hundreds of buildings were removed, and then specialized archaeological excavations began, and the features of the ancient archaeological road began to become clear little by little, until the road came to light again.
In parallel with that, the ancient rams were restored by the Egyptian restorers, which numbered 48 rams, some of which were neglected and broken, and others The other was brought from other governorates, and after a hard effort that lasted for two years, the Egyptian mission succeeded in its mission to return those rams to their original condition.
At the same time, Karnak Temple was restored to remove the dirt and erosion factors that occurred to it over hundreds of years, and the original colors of the archaeological inscriptions engraved on its huge columns were restored.
The advantage of the Rams Road is that it makes the tourist can leave Luxor Temple and reach Karnak Temple directly or vice versa without leaving the pharaonic atmosphere, because the tourist will use this pharaonic road, and will not have to walk in any modern roads.
The completion of the restoration work was officially announced and the date for the opening of the “Road of Rams” was set in a majestic global legendary ceremony similar to the procession of the royal mummies. The pharaonic outfit while the girls wore pharaonic crowns, and the majestic pharaonic procession marched to the tunes of the famous “Hymn of Amun”.
The Feast of the Pharaonic Obit:
An ancient Egyptian celebration, which was held annually in Thebes (Luxor), in the era of the modern state and beyond, in which the statues of the goddess “Trinity of Thebes”, which is composed of both the god Amun and the goddess Mut, with their son, the god Khonsu, are transported inside their sacred boats during A large ceremonial procession, the statues of the gods move from the Temple of Amun in Karnak, and head to the Temple of Luxor, on a journey extending to 2,700 meters. In addition to the coronation of the king, and the renewal of his legitimacy to rule the country.