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    Egypt Reopens Ancient Tombs After Renovation

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    Egypt reopens two ancient tombs after undergoing renovations.

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    Two ancient tombs in Egypt were reopened on Thursday after extensive renovations.

    The two tombs - "Serapeum" and "Akhethotep Ptahhotep" - had undergone ten years of renovation, with an estimated cost of 2 million U.S. dollars.

    The tomb of Serapeum was discovered by archaeologist Auguste Mariette in 1851.

    Its significance lies in the sarcophagus of the bull 'Apis', which pharaohs considered sacred.

    [Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt Minister of Antiquities]:
    "We have finished two tombs. Perhaps in the next week we are going to open about five tombs in Giza which were restored also and after that we will go to the new valley, we restored another great temple there - the temple of Hebes - so we are waiting. But our problem nowadays is the economy, you know, because of the economic situation, we have a shortage of money nowadays."

    Last year's uprising has hit the country's tourism.

    During the 18 days of protests in 2011 that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, tourists fled the country and have since then only trickled back.

    Tourism accounted for around 10 percent of Egypt's economy before last year's uprising.

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