(Xinhua) -- The Egyptian authorities moved on
early Thursday morning the recently unearthed three-milennia-old
statue believed to be of ancient King Ramses II to the
Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, official MENA news
The report said that the 8.5-ton
colossus was moved by the armed forces in cooperation
with the ministry of antiquities to be initially
reassembled and restored at the Cairo museum before
being transferred to its final destination at the Grand
Egyptian Museum near the Great Pyramids of Giza that is
scheduled to be soft opened in 2018.
The statue was discovered by an
Egyptian-German archaeological mission at the Cairo
district of Matariya.
The first part, weighing about three
tons and including large sections of the king’s crown
and head, was lifted from a muddy ditch with groundwater
last week. The second part was picked up on Tuesday amid
cheers and applause of residents.
The 26-foot quartzite statue is
believed to be originally located at the undiscovered
temple of King Ramses II near the Sun Temples in an area
of ancient Heliopolis, now a working-class neighbourhood
King Ramses II is one of the oldest
Pharaohs and the third of the 19th Dynasty.
He ruled ancient Egypt for 66 years, until he was over
90, from 1279 to 1213 BC.