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Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2015
Hundreds of foreign tourists and local residents gathered as te sun came up on Tuesday at Karnak Temple in Upper Egypt’s Luxor city to witness the winter solstice sunrise, marking the beginning of the shortest day of the year.
The extraordinary solar phenomenon at Karnak did not only amaze foreign eyes, but it also attracted local Egyptian visitors to take a look.
Every year almost at the same time, the temple is aligned to the winter solstice sunrise. On this day, the sun appears between the left and right walls of the entrance then the rays light up through other parts of the temple.
Constructed by ancient Egyptians some 3,500 years ago, the Karnak Temple is designed to receive sunbeam into its sanctuary at the dawn of the winter solstice. Ancient Egyptians believed the winter solstice was the embodiment of the process of creation.
Governor of Luxor Mohamed Badran, who was attending the event at the temple, said that the government seizes such occasions to promote the already-frail tourism industry.
“I hope that the occurrence of the winter solstice would be well covered by international media. We are working to add this important annual event to the international tourism agenda,” he said.
He added that the government is taking a series of measures to breathe life into tourism after a Russian airplane crashed over North Sinai in October.
The plane crash added more recession to Egypt’s tourism sector as it eventually led some countries, including Britain and Russia, to suspend their flights to Egypt’s renowned Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh and to evacuate their nationals from there over security concerns.
To beef up airport security and attract more tourists, the Egyptian government announced Tuesday to hire Britain-based Control Risks Corporation to monitor security measures in the country’s airports.
News like this sounds pleasant to both foreign and local people who are investing in the Egyptian tourism sector currently.
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