Egypt has reopened the tomb of Ramses I following its restoration. The tomb has been sealed to visitors for 12 years.
During his trip to Luxor, Dr. Khaled El Enany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, accompanied by Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, visited the Valley of the Kings on the west bank in Luxor, where the tomb of King Ramses I was reopened after its restoration.
Dr. Mostafa Waziry said that the floors were restored and walls were cleaned from remains of birds and bats. He added that existing inscriptions have been restored and cleaned and the soot inside the tomb has now been removed.
The tomb was discovered in 1817 by Giovanni Belzoni. It is 29 meters long, and consists of a short corridor ending with a burial stone that contains a granite sarcophagus.
The most important text in the tomb is on the left wall of the burial chamber. This is the Book of Gates, and a scene that represents the king kneeling before the spirits of Nakhun, Bi and Hierakonpolis. The mummy of the king is displayed in the Luxor Museum at the Hall of the Glory of Thebes.
Ramses I was a deputy of the army in the era of Horemheb, with his wife Sat Ra, and he was called Bari Masu. He founded the 19th Dynasty in the period from 1292-1290 BC.
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