Egypt’s oldest pyramid in danger of destruction

The funerary complex of Djoser, considered the oldest pyramid in Egypt is threatened with destruction because of the stop of the restoration work, reported the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram on Monday.

According to the newspaper, the restoration work was arrested at a crucial time after discontinuation of funding. Previously, the Egyptian media had reported that small collapse occurred inside the building.

However, according to Mohamed Abdel Maqsud, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, a special delegation of the Council considered the pyramid and decided to allocate immediate funding for further restoration work.

“Other projects that are not directly related to the safety of monuments, will be arrested,” the official added.

The funerary complex of Djoser, located in the necropolis of Saqqara, is considered the oldest Egyptian pyramid. Built in 2650 BC, is the oldest stone building which has survived to this day.

Egypt was forced to reduce public spending because of the difficult economic situation resulting from the popular uprising earlier this year. According to the authorities, foreign investment declined catastrophically in its final months. The tourism sector has lost nearly two billion and began its recovery in recent weeks.

However, governments are obliged to fulfill their social commitments. Only three months after the fall of the regime of Hosni Mubarak, the new authorities have spent more than eight of the 36 billion dollars of foreign exchange reserves of the country.


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