10 incredible images of the the Pharaoh statue discovered in a slum

Harriet Marsden@harriet1marsden
Saturday 11 March 2017 13:15
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Like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, an ancient statue has just emerged from the ground in a Cairo slum.

The huge quartzite colossus, discovered in Matariya near the ancient city of Heliopolis, is around 30 feet tall.

It is thought to depict Pharaoh Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, who ruled more than 3,000 years ago.

The discovery is being hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important in living memory.

Picture: REX / Shutterstock / Xinhua News Agency(REX / Shutterstock / Xinhua News Agency)

Picture: REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany(REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
REX / Shutterstock / Xinhua News Agency(REX / Shutterstock / Xinhua News Agency)

Picture:(Getty Images / Khaled Desouki)

Picture:(REUTERS / Mohamed Abd Elh Ghany)

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Picture: Getty Images / Khaled Desouki(Getty Images / Khaled Desouki)

Picture: REX / Shutterstock / Xinhua News Agency(REX / Shutterstock / Xinhua News Agency)

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