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'Sphinx Alley' Gives Egypt Large Open-Air Museum
Egyptian workers in Luxor, Egypt, restore the Alley of Sphinxes, known as the "Kebash Road", which was originally lined with 1,200 sphinxes and was built by Amenhotep III in the 12th century B.C .Luxor is set to become the world's largest open-air museum as a multi-million dollar project to restore the Alley of Sphinxes begins in the south of Egypt, said the governor of Luxor Sunday. AP Photo/Saedi Press.
LUXOR, EGYPT (AP).- Luxor is set to become one of the world's largest open-air museums when a multimillion dollar project to restore the "Sphinx Alley" is complete in March, the governor of Luxor, Samir Farag, said Sunday.

The project to restore the two-mile (three-kilometer) alley that links the grand temples of Luxor and Karnak on the east bank of the River Nile in Luxor has cost $45 million.

Sphinx Alley was originally built with 1,200 statues, with one side lined up with ram-headed sphinxes and the other with regular sphinxes with human heads.

The alley was built by Amenhotep III in the 12th century B.C.

Over the years, the alley was buried under sand.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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