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The rest house of Howard Carter, discoverer of King Tutankhamun's tomb, has reopened to the public today as a museum. The mud-brick building, near the Valley of the Kings on's West Bank, was one of the projects earmarked by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities three months ago, as costly facelifts to Luxor were undertaken - including renovations to Luxor and the Deir el-Bahri temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The house, from where Carter made his greatest discovery in 1922 with the backing of Lord Carnarvon, allows visitors to see the office and tools which made Carter an overnight celebrity 87 years ago when he unearthed KV62, the tomb of Egypt's boy-king.
The opening of the house is an homage to the man who thrust Ancient Egypt into the world's limelight during the era of discovery. the house will allow tourists an insight into one of Egypt's greatest explorers as It is time to ta…

Luxor's west bank receives another facelift

Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny, announced that the newly installed lighting system on Luxor’s west bank has been completed with a budget of 56 million LE.

A view of the newly illuminated west bank of Luxor. Hatshepsut's mortuary temple is shown in the foreground (Photo: SCA)He added that the project was carried out by the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) in collaboration with Egypt’s Sound and Light organization and the foremost French company in lighting, called Architecture Lumière, chosen from several international lighting organization.

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, said that the aim of this project is to preserve the tombs and temples located on Luxor’s west bank; the huge number of visitors that flock onto it will now be distributed throughout the day, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. This, he continued, will reduce the level of humidity inside the tombs, which negatively affect its paintings. Hawass explains that the new lighting …