The 4,000-year-old Tomb of Mehu has opened to the public for the first time near Giza, Egypt, CNN reported.
Originally discovered by Egyptologist Zaki Saad in 1940, the tomb had been closed for decades until the recent completion of important restoration work.
The Tomb of Mehu belonged to a high-ranking official who lived during the reign of King Titi in the Sixth dynasty of Egypt and features colorful wall decorations depicting how Egyptians lived as far back as before the pyramids.
The vibrant scenes include activities such as hunting, fishing, cooking, and dancing.
The secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, described the tomb as being among the most beautiful in the Saqqara necropolis, an ancient burial ground near Cairo.
Officials have strengthened the colors and installed a lighting system inside of the six-chamber tomb in an effort to enhance the visitor experience.
Egypt opened a 4,000-year-old tomb to the public for the first time. The tomb of Mehu is one of the most well preserved ancient Egyptian tombs pic.twitter.com/lerXhJTmfi
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Egypt was the fastest-growing tourist destination in 2017, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) 2018 Tourism Highlights Report, reporting 55.1 percent growth in international arrivals last year.
The rise is encouraging for the country’s tourism officials as the industry is in the midst of a recovery after being dealt a major blow in wake of political turmoil at the start of the decade.
The Tomb of Mehu’s highly anticipated opening comes less than a year after officials opened Egypt’s “cursed tombs” to the public for the first time. Meanwhile, three new tombs were also discovered about 125 miles south of Cairo last year.
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