File: The sun shines on face of colossal statue of King Ramses II at Grand Egyptian Museum every year on February 21
Over three thousand years ago, ancient Egyptians constructed the Great Temple of Abu Simbel aligning it so that the sun would shine on the statue of King Ramesses II on the same date every year in celebration of his coronation day.
The team of architects and archeologists at the Grand Egyptian Museum has successfully replicated this phenomenon so that the sun shines on the face of the colossal statue of King Ramses II at the Grand Hall on February 21 every year.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is geometrically aligned with the Pyramids of Giza.
The northern and southern walls and the middle section of the building are aligned with the Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.
In addition to the six main galleries that will house over 100,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts, the Grand Egyptian Museum will house two temporary exhibition halls, a children's museum, library, cinema, auditorium, conference center, retail shops, workspaces, casual and fine-dining restaurants, and over 110,000 square meters of gardens and open spaces.
It will really be like no other museum in the world.