Opodo travel news

Tourists to be encouraged to visit Egyptian replicas

Tourists to be encouraged to visit Egyptian replicas
21 Jan 2013

Visitors to Egypt are to be encouraged to visit an exact replica of the world famous Tutankhamun's tomb in order to preserve the original site.

Since the tomb was first opened by Howard Carter in 1922, years of tourist activity has taken its toll on the walls and paintings, and there are fears that continued use could cause serious damage or even collapse.

A firm has therefore been drafted in to build an exact replica of the tomb using 3D computer modelling and it is hoped that by charging visitors more to see the original site, this will help preserve its interior.

This same method has been introduced very successfully in France, where a replica of the Lascaux cave paintings is visited by 250,000 people a year. The original became beset with mould problems caused by the presence of thousands of visitors each day, who raised humidity levels inside the caves.

Opodo cheap flights, hotels and car hire - let the journey begin!ADNFCR-408-ID-801525431-ADNFCR

Rate this article (5 great; 1 terrible):