Antiquities Minister launches Meidum Pyramid rehabilitation project
Meidum Pyramid - Photo Courtesy of Heidi Vanderforn

CAIRO: Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced Thursday the initiation of a rehabilitation project to develop the archaeological sites of Meidum Pyramid and Ehnasia south of Cairo, according to the Facebook page of the Antiquities Ministry Thursday.

During an inspection tour in the Upper Egypt governorate of Beni Suef Thursday, Damaty visited the 4,600-year-old pyramid of Pharaoh Huni at Meidum and announced a rehabilitation project to make the site more attractive and tourist friendly.

“The proposed project basically includes the introduction of a sound and light show facility in the open area to the west of the Meidum Pyramid, the installation of a solar-powered lighting system at the site and the building of a protective enclosure wall around the Meidum Pyramid,” Youssef Khalifa, the head of the Antiquities Ministry’s Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, told The Cairo Post Friday.

A visitor’s center to screen documentaries about the site will also be established as part of the project, along with a bookstore, gift shops and a cafeteria, said Khalifa.

Damaty also gave the go ahead for the ministry’s excavation work at the Ehnasia site to conduct further exploration, and a restoration project to lower the groundwater from the foundation of the Pharaoh Ramses II Temple.

In late August, Members of the Tourism Development Authority’s (TDA) New Projects Committee were dispatched to the Meidum area to conduct comprehensive feasibility studies to investigate the possible negative and positive outcomes of setting up a sound and light show facility at the site.

“If approved, the project will be funded by the Ministries of International Cooperation and Antiquities, while technical support will be provided by the governorate of Beni Suef,” TDA chief Serag Eddin Saad told The Cairo Post in August.

The Meidum Pyramid, located 100 kilometers south of Cairo, is thought to originally have been built for the third dynasty Pharaoh Huni in 2640 B.C., but it was completed by Pharaoh Sneferu (2613 B.C. -2589 B.C.), Dean of Minya University’s Faculty of Tourism and Hotels Sherif el-Sabban previously told The Cairo Post.

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