Egypt gifts six-metre-tall replica of Ramses II statue to Ecuador: Ministry
The statue will be erected in Quito's Condado square which Ecuador plans to rename 'Egypt Square'
Amr El-Tibi, Executive Director of the Antiquities Replicas Unit at the ministry, told Ahram Online the statue is a gift to Ecuador from the Egyptian ministries of antiquities and foreign Affairs, and the Egyptian Tourism Authority.
The replica statue was carved by artisans in the ministry's replicas unit.
El-Tibi said the Ecuadorian government will rename Quito's Condado Square, Egypt Square, in appreciation of the gift.
He added that the large statue took 60 days to carve, from a mixture of granite and other materials designed to withstand the Ecuadorian climate.
The statue is a replica of the statue of Ramses II that used to stand in Ramses square in downtown Cairo, but will stand in the grand hall at the Grand Egyptian Museum when it opens in 2017.
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