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article imageEgypt hopes newly restored Khefren Pyramid will win tourists

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By Yukio Strachan     Oct 12, 2012 in World
The Egyptian authorities are hoping that the new coat of polish given its great pyramid will go some way towards bringing back the tourists so vital to Egypt's put-upon economy hit after the Egyptian Revolution last year.
The International Business Times reports that Egypt's second largest pyramid and six ornate ancient tombs have been reopened to visitors for the first time in three years today following a painstaking restoration process.
The tomb now features new lighting and information signs as well as a wood paneling to protect the original tomb floor. The restoration of the tombs also included newly paved walkways as well as lighting to illuminate the tombs after dark.
Egypt's antiquities authorities held a news conference near the 4th Dynasty Khefren pyramid, distinctive for its limestone cap.
According to Al Arabiya, The Pharaoh Khefren was the son of Cheops, builder of the great pyramid, and the tombs newly reopened today belonged to high state officials and relatives of the royal family.
Antiquities Minister Muhammad Ibrahim said today that the opening of the restored sites should demonstrate to the world that Egypt is a safe destination for tourists.
Ibrahim said that a number of important sites were being unveiled to the public at long last. The Minister also said that the long-standing threat to antiquities sites on the Giza plateau had finally been resolved.
The BBC's Jon Leyne in Egypt says visitor numbers have only just begun to pick up after last year's revolution.
The problem, he says, is that many Westerners still see Egypt as something of a war zone.
Ibrahim, who inspected the newly opened monument, said other archaeological sites were due to be opened across Egypt in the coming months.
Egypt's tourism industry, a major source of income, has been hard hit by instability that has wracked the country in the aftermath of the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.
Scenes of violent protests, mainly in the capital Cairo, were broadcast around the world.
The country is still suffering from a weak economy and a volatile security situation.
It rises to a height of 136m (446ft).
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