LUXOR, Egypt (NBC/RTV) — Egyptian tourism officials hope a new attraction will help draw tourists back after years of political turmoil in the country.
A precise replica of the tomb of King Tutankhamun was unveiled Wednesday in Luxor near the Valley of the Kings.
“What they have done is to give tourists in the future a chance to visit a perfect, perfect copy of the original tomb,” said EU Delegation Head James Moran. “But they have also added things inside to let people understand better who Tutankhamun was, how the tomb was discovered. It’s a little museum, as well as being a tomb, and having seen the original myself three or four times, I cannot tell the difference.”
The joint European-Egyptian project tasked a Madrid-based workshop to create an exact replica of the tomb.
The workshop used state-of-the art 3-D imaging to precisely measure and record every detail of King Tut’s tomb.
The results speak for themselves.
“I think the response of all of the people who know this tomb well is that — standing at the handrail — there is no difference between the copy and the original,” said Factum Arte Founder Adam Lowe. “The color is identical, the surface is identical, every bump you see is exactly the same as on the original tomb.”
King Tut’s original tomb had to be closed to the public due to deterioration caused by decades of use by tourists.