Egypt Opens Its Magical Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Published November 28th, 2021 - 09:35 GMT

Egypt has showed off on Thursday the magical opening of a road lined with hundreds of ram-headed sphinx statues which are 3,000 years old, in a grandiose night-time ceremony at Karnak Temple in archaeologically-rich Luxor.

The newly opened “Rams Road”, the sandstone-paved path connecting the temples of Karnak and Luxor in the centre of the southern Nile city was officially opened by President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and a host of senior officials in a spectacular night-time ceremony, according to AFP.

The 'Rams Road' is nearly 3 kilometres long and according to old Egyptian mythology it means “The Path of God”.

Karnak Temple was built around 2,000 to 4,000 years ago and is dedicated to Amun-Ra, an ancient Sun god. It covers an area of over 100 hectares.

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Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Performers carry a palanquin during the official ceremony opening the "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos) near the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Named "The Path of God" in Ancient Egyptian mythology, its ram statues -- an embodiment of the ancient Egyptian deity Amun -- were buried for centuries under the sand before being revived and restored for display in recent years. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Egypt on November 25 unveiled in a grandiose night-time ceremony the "Rams Road" (Tareeq al-Kebbash in Arabic), a 2700-metre-long sandstone-paved path lined with ram-headed statues and sphinxes dating over 3000-years-old connecting the Luxor Temple with the Karnak Temple. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Visitors walk about at night at the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021, after the official ceremony opening the "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos). (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Performers stand holding torches during the official ceremony opening the "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos) outside the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) speaks with children as they stand between the human-headed sphinxes at a section along the 2700-metre-long "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos), leading from the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) to the Karnak Temple further north, in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Named "The Path of God" in Ancient Egyptian mythology, its ram statues -- an embodiment of the ancient Egyptian deity Amun -- were buried for centuries under the sand before being revived and restored for display in recent years. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Egypt on November 25 unveiled in a grandiose night-time ceremony the "Rams Road" (Tareeq al-Kebbash in Arabic), a 2700-metre-long sandstone-paved path lined with ram-headed statues and sphinxes dating over 3000-years-old connecting the Luxor Temple with the Karnak Temple. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'

Fireworks light the sky during the official ceremony opening the "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos) outside the pylon and remaining obelisk at the entrance of the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Performers carry a palanquin during the official ceremony opening the "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos) near the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Named "The Path of God" in Ancient Egyptian mythology, its ram statues -- an embodiment of the ancient Egyptian deity Amun -- were buried for centuries under the sand before being revived and restored for display in recent years. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt on November 25 unveiled in a grandiose night-time ceremony the "Rams Road" (Tareeq al-Kebbash in Arabic), a 2700-metre-long sandstone-paved path lined with ram-headed statues and sphinxes dating over 3000-years-old connecting the Luxor Temple with the Karnak Temple. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Visitors walk about at night at the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021, after the official ceremony opening the "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos). (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Performers stand holding torches during the official ceremony opening the "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos) outside the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) speaks with children as they stand between the human-headed sphinxes at a section along the 2700-metre-long "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos), leading from the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) to the Karnak Temple further north, in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Named "The Path of God" in Ancient Egyptian mythology, its ram statues -- an embodiment of the ancient Egyptian deity Amun -- were buried for centuries under the sand before being revived and restored for display in recent years. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Egypt on November 25 unveiled in a grandiose night-time ceremony the "Rams Road" (Tareeq al-Kebbash in Arabic), a 2700-metre-long sandstone-paved path lined with ram-headed statues and sphinxes dating over 3000-years-old connecting the Luxor Temple with the Karnak Temple. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egypt's Pharaonic ‘Rams Road'
Fireworks light the sky during the official ceremony opening the "Rams Road" (Sphinx dromos) outside the pylon and remaining obelisk at the entrance of the Temple of Luxor (built around 1400 BC) in Egypt's southern city of the same name on November 25, 2021. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)