May 21, 1989 |
The Great Pyramid of Cheops, the most famous of ancient Egypt's royal tombs, was declared safe for tourists and reopened Saturday for the first time in nine months. A Dutch woman and an American student were the first of the scores of tourists who waited under the hot Egyptian sun to tour the pyramid. Since August, workers had been sealing cracks, reinforcing limestone slabs for safety and clearing vermin from the inside of the structure, which now boasts television monitors.
March 6, 1991
Egypt announced the REOPENING OF THE PYRAMIDS and all antiquity sites and museums. The government had ordered the tourist venues closed during the Gulf War for fear of terrorist attacks. The government-run Middle East News Agency said the loss from the closures was about $28 million. Egypt, which was part of the coalition against Iraq, heightened all security for fear of retaliation.
July 19, 1997
Nicolai Ouroussoff must never have seen the Louvre before I.M. Pei's pyramids were built in the courtyard ("Pei Could Cure Medical Facility," June 11). Apart from the tremendous controversy these evoked, the pyramid entrance has been a practical fiasco. Those of us who knew and used the four former entrances were horrified to see the many long lines snaking to the pyramid. Pei created congestion beyond belief and a dismal experience in the rain. Fortunately, two larger entrances have been provided subsequently, one from the Metro Line 1 station and the other from street level on the Rue de Rivoli.
April 22, 2006 |
Researchers have unearthed geometrically cut stone slabs in Bosnia that they said could form part of the sloping surface of what they believe is an ancient pyramid beneath a huge hill. Archeologists and other experts began digging at the central Bosnian town of Visoko last week to explore the theory that the 2,120-foot hill covers a step pyramid, which would be the first found in Europe.
May 31, 1993 |
Beer in the morning, beer in the afternoon, beer at night. A little wine thrown in for good measure. And after a hard day of cutting stones for the Pharaoh, time and energy left for hanky-panky. Life wasn't all work and no play for the workers who built the pyramids of Giza Plateau. "History is life," said Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, in charge of an ancient cemetery yielding volumes of information about the life and times of the pyramid work force.
September 15, 1988 |
"I am not afraid," boasted Sami. "I go where I please, and no one can stop me." With that, the young rider kicked his camel hard in the flanks and galloped off toward the forbidden zone, disappearing in a cloud of dust. The older men remained behind, shaking their heads in amusement at the folly of youth. But they were also bitter. "It is not nice what they do. Not nice," said Fuad Abdel Ati Fayed, speaking for the others. "This is a tourist place.