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Egypt’s 4,700 yrs old pyramid reopens to public after 14-year restoration

Egypt’s oldest pyramid built in the 27th century B.C for third dynasty Pharaoh Djoser is reopened to visitors, Thursday after a 14-year restoration project. The step pyramid made up of six mastabas (rectangular structures) stacked on top of each other is located in the Saqqara necropolis in the ancient city of Memphis, some 30 km south of Cairo,

The ancient structure deemed to be the oldest stone structure of its size in the world was badly damaged in a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Egypt in 1992 and was at risk of collapse more than a decade ago.

The renovation is said to had cost Egypt about $6.6 million.

Tourism revenues was at record $12.6 billion in the 2018-2019. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Egypt’s tourism revenues in 2019-2020 to reach $16.5 billion.

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