Egypt Begins Giza Pyramid Exterior Surface Restoration Project


Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities has begun the process of restoring the outer surface of the Menkaure Pyramid in the Giza pyramid complex. Menkaure is the smallest of the three pyramids located in the pyramid complex of Giza which is the attraction of millions of tourists to Egypt. The project to restore the granite surface of the Menkaure pyramid was announced by Mostafa Waziri who is the secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities as a gift to the world.

The project will take three years in cooperation with the Japanese embassy. The Menkaure Pyramid was completed almost 4600 years ago with an outer surface made of limestone. This original outer surface has been lost as it was used by the people of Cairo to build new structures thousands of years ago.

Part of the side surface of Menkaure has been restored using stone debris found around the pyramid. However, the project received negative criticism from Egyptologists who said their opinions were not sought before it began. Some see it as Italy rebuilding the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At the time of writing, this project is still going on.

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