A team of conservationists from Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and the Luxor Restoration Institute, along with graduates from the restoration department of Luxor and South Valley universities has successfully restored 95 percent of the columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall at the Karnak Temple. The project began in 2021 with the goal of cleaning the columns and clearing away the sand, dust and bird dung that had accumulated in the crevices over the years. Tourists will now be able to appreciate more fully the original colors and engravings. One of the most famous parts of the Karnak Temple is the Bubastite Portal, on which Pharaoh Sheshonq I (biblical Shishak) left a record of his campaign into Canaan, which is mentioned in 2 Chronicles 12:1–12.
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