Egypt’s Ancient Stones Coming Back To Life

When visiting Egypt we are all awe-struck by the scale and beauty of temples, statues and columns. But we seldom think of how it is possible that we can see these treasures still today – thousand of years later.

We have to say a big thank you to Egyptologists from many countries,  who have worked with great passion, enormous dedication, and very patiently for many years to give us what we see today.

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Statue in Karnak Temple

On my last visit I had the lucky chance, I say lucky because the Egyptian government does not allow people to visit excavation sites without authorizations from the state. But somehow on this sunny morning when we visited a site next to Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple someone looked the other way.dscn11361

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I saw how carefully every stone is cleaned, often  by brushing the sand off gently, categorizing it and storing it on shelves img_5847

or covering it with mats to protect it from the sun.img_5834

After that the puzzle of putting these pieces in the right place begins. A slow, very slow process. But the results are spectacular.

Columns in the Great Hypo Hall in the Karnak Temple

Columns in the Great Hypo Hall in the Karnak Temple

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Sometimes the scars of the repair or a missing piece show. Yet they don’t detract from the beauty, or diminish our admiration and wonder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More from Egypt soon

 

 

Brigitte

 

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About Brigitte Nioche

Author of Living Longer, Living Well - How to Embrace the Challenges of a Long Life. Other titles - Dress to Impress, The Sensual Dresser, What Turns Men On.
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2 Responses to Egypt’s Ancient Stones Coming Back To Life

  1. Peggy Anne Lyman says:

    As always so very interesting. It is amazing to see how large these places are.

    Thank you for sharing these treasures with us.

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