Pyra­mids, Sphinx get dis­in­fected

Vancouver Sun - - TRAVEL - An­dre Ramshaw

The Sphinx is get­ting ster­il­ized as Egyp­tian author­i­ties pre­pare for the re­turn of tourism af­ter the pub­lic health cri­sis has lifted. A dis­in­fec­tion team has fanned out across the Giza Pyra­mids, fu­mi­gat­ing Khafre, Menkaure and Khufu mon­u­ments. Equipped with masks, in­dus­trial clean­ing gear and haz-mat suits, the crew has also sprayed ticket of­fices, path­ways and roads around the sites, in­clud­ing the Sphinx. Few vis­i­tors have vis­ited the Sphinx com­plex since the coro­n­avirus pan­demic was de­clared, so it was a good time to com­plete the work, ex­plained Ashraf Mohi al-din, direc­tor gen­eral of the Giza Plateau. “The mon­u­ment has a spe­cific form of ster­il­iza­tion with spe­cific ma­te­rial that will be car­ried out by a team of spe­cial­ized re­stor­ers,” he said. Quoted by the AAP news agency, Mohi al-din said the lock­downs and dra­matic fall in tourism trig­gered by COVID-19 had cre­ated a win­dow for Egypt to com­plete es­sen­tial work on its na­tional trea­sures. “We take ad­van­tage of this sus­pen­sion to pre­pare the arche­o­log­i­cal zone in terms of main­te­nance and restora­tion so that when tourism re­cov­ers, the area of the pyra­mids is in its max­i­mum splen­dour to re­ceive vis­i­tors,” he said. Mean­while, Egypt To­day re­ported that a “new arche­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­ery” was made dur­ing the ster­il­iza­tion of the Sphinx re­gion, cit­ing Mostafa Waziri, the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Supreme Coun­cil of An­tiq­ui­ties.

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