Wednesday, July 12, 2006

More on Ramesses statue move
"Carved in StoneHot off the Da Vinci debate, Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni refused to budge an inch over the planned removal of the statue of Ramses II from Ramses Square. The move is scheduled for August 25.At a press conference last month, Hosni explained that the statue was originally slated to be moved after the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum wraps up, but the ministry has decided not to wait. Hosni said delays at the GEM and the fact that the massive statue stands in the way of urban development plans for Ramses Square factored into the decision.While it waits for the GEM to open in 2011, the statue will be housed in a special hangar where experts will begin restoring it."

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