Tomb of King Tut reopened, hopes for new era in Egypt

Posted: 11/23/12 at 6:45 am EST

CAIRO, Egypt (WHDH) -- Egypt hopes to boost tourism by reopening a pharaoh's tomb to mark the 90th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

Egyptian officials and special guests, including the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, were able to get a special tour of the reopened tomb.

The tomb has been under renovation for the past six years.

Egypt hopes to use the tomb to revitalize its lucrative tourist industry.

The revolt against Hosni Mubarak’s government and reports of sporadic unrest in Egypt over the past several months hurt the country's image in the eyes of foreign tourists.

The minister of antiquities said reopening the tomb marks the start of a new era in Egypt.

"The significance of the opening, or reopening of this tomb brings two messages for Egyptians and for the world around us. The first message is that Egyptians are capable to work, by themselves, to restore tombs or to take care of the Egyptian monuments and they are willing to make some kind of renaissance for our civilization,” said Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities.

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