Egypt: Serapuem tomb

Published September 25, 2012
Mohammed Abd al-Sitar, 28, an archaeologist with the Supreme Council of Antiquities, attends the re-opening of the ?Serapeum?, the burial place of the sacred Apis bulls. ? Photo by AP
Mohammed Abd al-Sitar, 28, an archaeologist with the Supreme Council of Antiquities, attends the re-opening of the ?Serapeum?, the burial place of the sacred Apis bulls. ? Photo by AP
A general view shows the main corridor inside the ?Serapuem? tomb, near the Saqqara or ?Step? Pyramid, south of Cairo. Egypt's antiquities authority reopened the ?Serapeum? and ?Akhethotep & Ptahhotep? tombs on Thursday, after the ancient tombs had undergone ten years of renovations, with an estimated cost of 2 million dollars. ? Photo by Reuters
A general view shows the main corridor inside the ?Serapuem? tomb, near the Saqqara or ?Step? Pyramid, south of Cairo. Egypt's antiquities authority reopened the ?Serapeum? and ?Akhethotep & Ptahhotep? tombs on Thursday, after the ancient tombs had undergone ten years of renovations, with an estimated cost of 2 million dollars. ? Photo by Reuters
A sarcophagus, one of 24 ancient sarcophagi, is on display during the re-opening of the ?Serapeum?, the burial place of the sacred Apis bulls, at the Saqqara archaeological site, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt. ? Photo by AP
A sarcophagus, one of 24 ancient sarcophagi, is on display during the re-opening of the ?Serapeum?, the burial place of the sacred Apis bulls, at the Saqqara archaeological site, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt. ? Photo by AP
Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara was discovered by Auguste Mariette in the 1850's and it has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. ? Photo by AP
Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara was discovered by Auguste Mariette in the 1850's and it has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. ? Photo by AP
Egyptian guards wait to greet guests arriving at the entrance to the ?Serapeum?. ? Photo by AP
Egyptian guards wait to greet guests arriving at the entrance to the ?Serapeum?. ? Photo by AP
The Serapeum, dates back to around 1400 BC, was discovered in 1851 by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, founder of the first department of Egyptian antiquities. ? Photo by AP
The Serapeum, dates back to around 1400 BC, was discovered in 1851 by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, founder of the first department of Egyptian antiquities. ? Photo by AP
The Serapeum was closed temporarily in 2001 because of water seepage and earth movements. ? Photo by AP
The Serapeum was closed temporarily in 2001 because of water seepage and earth movements. ? Photo by AP
The site contains huge subterranean galleries in which are contained the large tombs of some 30 sacred bulls, accompanied by steles bearing inscriptions providing information on the reigns under which the animals lived. ? Photo by AP
The site contains huge subterranean galleries in which are contained the large tombs of some 30 sacred bulls, accompanied by steles bearing inscriptions providing information on the reigns under which the animals lived. ? Photo by AP
Founded by Ptolemy I around 300 BC, it was infamously destroyed by Bishop Theophilus and his Christian mob in 391 AD. ? Photo by AP
Founded by Ptolemy I around 300 BC, it was infamously destroyed by Bishop Theophilus and his Christian mob in 391 AD. ? Photo by AP
Mohammed Abd al-Sitar, 28, an archaeologist with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities points out a hieroglyph on a sarcophagus during the re-opening of the ?Serapeum?. ? Photo by AP
Mohammed Abd al-Sitar, 28, an archaeologist with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities points out a hieroglyph on a sarcophagus during the re-opening of the ?Serapeum?. ? Photo by AP

Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara was discovered by Auguste Mariette in the 1850's and and it has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

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