The Obelisks of Ramses II

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

A news release by AhramOnline reports that an Egyptian-German archaeological team has discovered two 19th dynasty royal statues in a temple located in the Al-Matariya district of Cairo. According to the report, “The statues were found in parts in the vicinity of the King Ramses II temple in the temple precinct of ancient Heliopolis, also known as ‘Oun,’ by a German-Egyptian archaeological mission.”

According to Egyptian officials, the first statue is an 80 cm tall (about two and one-half feet tall) bust of King Seti II carved in limestone with fine facial features. The second statue was found in large pieces. It appears to have been 8 meters (26 feet) tall and it was carved in quartzite. One official said that “Although there are no engravings that could identify such a statue, its existence at the entrance of King Ramses’ II temple suggests that it could belong to him.”


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