All you need to know about the Rams of Luxor and its famous route after its restoration project

Egypt Wed, Jan. 6, 2021
The Karnak Temples area witnessed the largest national project to save 29 statues of rams inside the temples of Karnak, after the end of the complete restoration of the statues and protecting them from destruction, as after the transfer of 4 of the statues located behind the first pylon of the temple to decorate Tahrir Square, it was found that the rest of the statues suffer from great damage and destruction As a result of its poor transport and storage in that region since the seventies .. During the following lines we explain some information through the rams in Luxor ..

Q / What is the Rams Road in Luxor?
A: The Rams Road is the road that connects the Luxor Temple with the Karnak Temple. A wide street used to start from the beach, with statues of sphinxes, which we find in the Karnak temples, represented in the form of a sphinx with a ram's head, and the ram here symbolizes the god Amun, perhaps to protect the temple and highlight its axis. The ancient Egyptian called this road “Wat Nathr”, meaning the path of God. As for the road of rams in the temples of Karnak, it was known as “Ta-Mitt-Rahat. And translated by the Rams too.

Q / How many rams are there in this way?
A: Along the 2,700 km route, there are 1,200 statues, and this road is 76 m wide.

Q: How did those rams look like?
A: These statues were carved from a single block of sandstone with a cornice engraved with the king's name and title and praise for him. His standing was on a stone base consisting of 4 courses of stone used due to the presence of some inscriptions and they were set up in two forms: First: They take the form of the body of a lion and the head of a human being The second (Sphinx): takes the shape of the body of a ram and the head of a ram as a symbol of the god Amun Ra.

Q / How was the discovery of the rams now in Luxor?
A: In chronological order, Dr. Zakaria Ghoneim was the first to discover rams and that in 1949 by unveiling 8 statues of the Sphinx, then Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Qader 1958 AD - 1960 AD unveiled 14 statues of the Sphinx, then Dr. Mohamed Abdel Razek 1961-1964 revealed 64 statues of the Sphinx, and then Dr. Muhammad al-Sagheer in the mid-seventies until 2002 AD uncovered the road extending from the tenth edifice to the Temple of Mut and the road bordering the Nile, then Mansour Brik in 2006 re-works the excavation to uncover the rest of the road.