The road of rams

The road of rams

At the beginning of November, the eyes of the whole world turn to Luxor Governorate, to witness the largest legendary ceremony,The road of rams which is the opening of the ancient Rams Road in Luxor, the capital of global tourism, in the presence of the presidents and kings of 80 countries.

opet festival,the road of rams
opet festival,the road of rams

The road of rams

Dr. Mustafa Muhammad al-Saghir, Director General of Karnak Temples and General Supervisor of the Rams Road, says that the celebration is held to the tunes of the “Amon” chant, and in majestic steady steps, a huge procession moves the sacred boat from Luxor Temple to Karnak temples along the Rams Road by about 2,700 meters, to open the road After completing its restoration.

 

the procession will include a number of young men dressed in ancient Egyptian costume in a wonderful background to a soundtrack that attracts and draws attention with lighting directed towards the procession, to appear lit in the dark of the night, as the procession moves since the beginning of the rams’ road in Luxor Temple heading to the main platform of the ceremony In the Karnak temples to the north of the city for the first time in 3000 years, where the path of rams appears to light and sees the sun and dreams become reality.

el deir elbahary temple with the road of rams
el deir elbahary temple with the road of rams

And the road of rams, a royal road linking Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, with a length of 2,700 meters, was used by the kings of ancient Egypt in religious ceremonies and rituals. The road is decorated with statues in the form of rams in the pose of a sphinx, and the ram here symbolizes Nithr amun.

 

Dr. Zakaria Ghoneim’s the road of rams was discovered in 1949 when he found 14 rams underground. In the sixties, Dr. “Mohammed Abdel-Razek” completed the discovery by finding 64 rams. Who determined his path, but he was buried under a small hamlet called “Abu Asba” and carried the banner of archaeological discovery and striving to realize the dream.

 

Al-Saghir explained, in exclusive statements to us, that Dr. Samir Farag, at the time of his assumption of the position of Luxor Governor, began the steps of discovering the way of rams.

to realize the dream of Luxors and Egyptians, and the efforts of the Ministry of Antiquities continued under the auspices of Dr. Khaled Anani, Minister of Antiquities, and Dr. Mostafa Waziri. The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, in coordination with the Governor of Luxor, Counselor Mostafa Elham

and under the patronage and directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, to see the light in the era of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the leader of the greatest eras of development, stability and prosperity for the modern, secure and stable Republic of Egypt.

inside the temple
inside the temple

And the dream of reviving the road of rams returns, since 2002, until the dream turned into reality in 2019, and hundreds of government buildings and facilities obstructing the road were removed, as all encroachments were removed, the owners compensated, alternative places were provided, the ancient archaeological road was revealed and restored, as well as the restoration of rams so that the road could be seen. Al-Nour, in parallel with the restoration of the Karnak Temple.

 

Al-Saghir continued, “The advantage of this road is that it allows the tourist to leave Luxor Temple and reach Karnak Temple directly in the same historical atmosphere.”

 

The ceremony will witness a display of the flying balloon, which will be photographed by drones, during the take-off and landing of the balloon in the sky of the West Bank, with the participation of 15 flying balloon companies.

 

A number of Nile boats carrying some decorated banners, with some joyful performances in the water, will be watched by everyone and passersby along this road along the Nile Corniche in Luxor, with a large theater set up on the sacred lake inside Karnak Temple to perform some exhilarating performances in the past.

where the king was leading the procession, followed by ministers and senior priests, in addition to sacred boats loaded with statues of religious symbols, the people were lining up on both sides of the road, dancing and cheering in joy and happiness, and this road was paved by King Amenhotep III in conjunction with the launch of the construction of the Luxor Temple.

 

The importance of the road of rams

 

The Rams Road connects Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple with a length of 2,700 meters. The Rams Road includes statues of different families, amounting to 1200 statues of Amun-Re and the Sphinx. The ancient Egyptian called the Road of Rams “Wat Nether”, meaning the way of God.

the road of rams
the road of rams

On the way of rams, the celebrations of the Opet festivals were held every year, which are the harvest festivals of the ancient Egyptians. The statues of rams were held in two forms, the first in the form of a lion’s body and the head of a human “Sphinx”, and the second in the form of a ram’s body and a ram’s head as a symbol of the symbols of the god “Amun-Ra”.

 

Festival activities

Festival activities
Festival activities

The project to revive the Rams Road is one of the most important archaeological projects in Luxor Governorate. 

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is organizing a dazzling pharaonic carnival worthy of the ancient city of Luxor during the opening. An exhibition of rare pictures from the 19th century will be held, which tells the history of the Karnak and Luxor temples and the procession route that links the temples and the most important discoveries Archaeological, pictures and scenes of holidays and celebrations that were held in ancient times.

the road of rams in the temple
the road of rams in the temple

The importance of this event for tourism

 

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is working in full swing to promote Egyptian tourism and antiquities in all governorates, as the ministry succeeded in organizing an event to transfer the procession of royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat last April, where this event contributed greatly to the promotion of tourism and antiquities Egyptian.

the road of rams
the road of rams

Following the success of the ceremony of transferring the procession of the royal mummies, the Egyptian state was keen to organize a large event to promote Luxor Governorate

So the celebration of the discovery of the “Road of Rams” came, after the projects that were carried out to develop the tourist infrastructure in the governorate, such as visual identity, developing the Corniche, and raising the efficiency of facilities and buildings.

President Sisi directed that this celebration be a continuation of the approach of global events organized by the state to promote Egypt’s soft power and ancient civilization

most notably the procession of royal mummies, and in a way that internationally reflects the richness of Luxor Governorate as an integrated global tourist destination.

 

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