The recovered bust and head of the antique statue measure 8 meters in length and are made of quartz. The upper part of a smaller statue, depicting Pharaoh Seti II (Ramses II’s grandson), and pieces of an obelisk bearing hieroglyphics were also excavated. Experts have already begun restoring the artifacts, which will later be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum set to open in 2018.
Ramses II is often considered to have been the greatest Pharaoh to ever rule the Egyptian Empire, and he believed that the world was created in Heliopolis, modern-day Matariya.
Cairo slums have been holding an amazing piece of Egyptian history for about 3000 years.
The statue, believed to depict the legendary Pharaoh Ramses II, measure 8 meters long, and was submerged in ground water.
Ramses II is widely considered to have been Ancient Egypt’s greatest Pharaoh.
A partial statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II’s grandson, and pieces of an obelisk were also recovered from the site.
Ramses II believed that the world was created in Heliopolis, now known as Matariya, the slum where this statue was found.
These monumental findings were unearthed by a team of German and Egyptian archaeologists.
Locals were just as amazed by the artifacts as those who found them, and gathered around to take photos of them.
Once the statues are ready, they will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, set to open in 2018.
This could help to jump-start Egyptian tourism, which has suffered over the last 6 years due to political unrest and terrorist attacks.
Matariya is believed to be the site of the Ancient Egyptian sun temples, which were built to worship Ra, the god of sun.
Other ruins of Heliopolis were previously found in the Northern regions of Cairo, making this statue extremely likely to be Ramses II.
The sun temples were purportedly double the size of Luxor’s Karnak, but were destroyed during Greco-Roman times.
The unearthing of these statues will hopefully tell us even more about the life of Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, including Ramses the Great.
Watch this incredible footage of the excavation from The Guardian:
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