Egypt’s Ramses I Tomb Reopened After Restoration

The tomb of Ramses I has been reopened, after the completion of restoration work on its interior.

The reopening occurred during a tour in Luxor, on Saturday, undertaken by Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani to the ancient Valley of the Kings on the western shore of the River Nile. The minister was accompanied by Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Waziri said that the restoration work included conservation of the floors, the walls being cleaned of soot as well as bird and bat waste, and the restoration and cleaning of the existing inscriptions.

The tomb was discovered in 1817 by Italian former showman turned archaeologist Giovanni Belzoni.  The tomb is 29 metres long, with a short corridor that ends in a burial chamber containing a granite sarcophagus.

Among the most important scenes in the tomb that can be found on the left wall of the burial chamber is the view of the Book of Gates. A further scene representing the king kneeling before the spirits of Nkhun, Bi and Hieraknopolis can also be viewed.  The Pharaoh Ramses I’s mummy is on display at the Luxor Museum’s Hall of the Glory of Thebes.

Ramses I founded the 19th Dynasty with a brief two-year reign from 1292-1290 BC, having previously successfully served under the Pharaoh Horemheb.

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