All eyes will be on Egypt today as it witnesses another massive historical event celebrating the grand reopening of ‘The Sphinx Avenue’ in Luxor. More than 150 TV channels will be attending for coverage revealing this dazzling ceremony to billions of viewers around the globe. The Sphinx Avenue's lavish ceremony takes place today, the 25th of November at 19:30 PM. Centuries after the road witnessed parades of ancient gods, the reopening of the avenue will enable tourists from around the world to rediscover tourism in Luxor and the beauty of its ancient civilization and history.
The ceremony’s music is composed by Nader Abbassi and Ahmed El Mougy. As revealed by the renowned maestro Nader Abbassi, all the songs are taken from hymns written on the walls of the temples which relate to the ‘Opet Festival’, one of the biggest festivals in ancient Egypt.
The 3000-year old avenue stretches over 1.7 miles in length and an average of 250 feet in width. The restoration project of the Rams Road will turn the road into an open museum where the road connects the Karnak Temples in the north with Luxor Temple in the south bringing the total lengths of the road to 2,700 meters, with nearly 1,200 statues on both sides. Each statue represents a lion’s body with a ram’s head, embracing the statue of Ramses II, symbolizing protection. Each statue weighs an average of 5 – 7 tons and reaches around 3.7 meters high.