CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities mentioned Saturday they relocated 4 historical sphinxes to Tahrir Sq., the congested visitors circle within the coronary heart of Cairo.
Archaeologists and others have criticized the transfer, expressing concern that town’s notoriously excessive air air pollution may harm the artifacts. A lawsuit to cease the transfer is making its approach by means of the courts.
Mostafa Waziri, the top of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, mentioned the sphinxes would stay inside wood packing containers till the official unveiling of the renovations, with out saying when that will happen.
Tahrir Sq. was the epicenter of Egypt’s 2011 Arab Spring rebellion. Protests have been banned and the sq. has been underneath heavy police surveillance since 2013, when the navy overthrew an elected Islamist president amid mass protests in opposition to his rule.
The ram-headed sphinxes have been transported to Cairo from the southern metropolis of Luxor for renovations. An obelisk unearthed within the Nile Delta north of Cairo was moved to the sq. final 12 months.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who rose to energy in 2013, has defended the transfer, pointing to the truth that obelisks and different artifacts adorn central squares in Western cities.
Egypt is constructing a brand new museum close to the pyramids in Giza to exhibit its Pharaonic heritage. A centerpiece of the gathering is a towering statue of Ramses II, which as soon as stood in one other central Cairo sq. subsequent to town’s important railway station.
The statue was relocated to the outskirts of town in 2006 over preservation considerations.