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Pharaonic chariots and hundreds of performers featured in a lavish ceremony to mark the opening to the public of the 3,000 year old Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor, Egypt.
aIt's taken decades to excavate ancient walkway, which is nearly 3km long and connects two of the city's greatest temples.

The ceremony incorporated elements of the ancient festival which travelled the route each year. It also included music inspired by stories written on the walls of the temples in hieroglyphics. Egypt hopes the event will boost its ailing tourism sector, battered by political turmoil and the pandemic. (BBC)

I was looking forward to seeing this new Avenue of Sphinxed and taking stunning pictures. But the reality was different than I imagined.
I expected that I can just walk along this avenue. If you see the Google map, the streets version is still not updated, the satellite version is better. It is a 2,7 km avenue that links Luxor and Karnak temples. To go there, you must start from the temple, buying a ticket. There are walls on both sides. You have to go along 1,5 km to go to the other side. Not so comfortable for the people living there. In the whole length, there are just two bridges over it. I lost two hours trying to reach the Luxor Temple and when I get there, it was already closed. The next day, I visited Medinet Habu and Karnak temple, (and had a delicious abundant lunch in between) and although I could go to the Luxor Temple, it was already dark. So my photos are a total failure. They are unsharp. But I post them anyway so that you get the idea.
Equally poor pictures in the Workshops.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13514 W: 141 N: 35072] (158204)
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