11 February 2013

Egypt: Hatshepsut Red Chapel Renovated

The Egyptian-French center completed the renovation of the Hatshepsut Chapelle Rouge (or the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut) at the Open-Air Museum of Karnak in Luxor to be open for tourism by the end of the month.

Many of the blocks from the disassembled Red Chapel were rediscovered in 1945 inside the walls of other structures, said Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

The reconstruction model of how the chapel probably looked during Hatshepsut's era was completed in 1997 by a group of French and Egyptian restoration experts.

Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt and ruled from approximately 1479 to 1458 BC.

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