Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid Reopens to Public

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Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. restoration / rɛs təˈreɪ ʃən / (n) – the act of bringing back something to its original state or look
    Example:

    Experts say that the painting’s restoration will last for three months.


  2. namesake / ˈneɪmˌseɪk / (n) – someone named after another person or thing
    Example:

    She is the restaurant’s owner and namesake.


  3. neglect / nɪˈglɛkt / (v) – to not give attention to something or someone
    Example:

    An animal rights organization sued owners who neglected and abused their pets.


  4. refurbish / riˈfɜr bɪʃ / (v) – to change something to make it look better
    Example:

    The new owners want to refurbish the old house.


  5. reinvigorate / ˌri ɪnˈvɪg əˌreɪt / (v) – to fill something with new energy or strength
    Example:

    Despite the disaster, the citizens were reinvigorated after hearing their president’s speech.


Article

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Egypt’s oldest pyramid has reopened after an extensive 14-year restoration.


The Step Pyramid of Djoser [JOH-ser], which is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, reopened last March. It is 60 meters high and is considered Egypt’s first stone pyramid. The tomb of the pyramid’s namesake, Pharaoh Djoser, rests inside.


According to the Egyptian government, the cost of the pyramid’s restoration was approximately $6.6 million.


The pyramid had been neglected since the 1930s and had deteriorated over time. It was in danger of collapsing after its foundation was damaged by an earthquake. Because of this, the Egyptian government announced plans to restore it in 2006.


The pyramid went through major renovations. The pharaoh’s tomb, along with the burial chamber, the central shaft’s ceiling, and the pyramid’s internal corridors, were all refurbished and cleaned.


However, the restoration was halted from 2011 to 2014 because of political issues.


According to one Egyptian official, the restoration of the pyramid is one of the government’s most meaningful projects. An economist added that the government is now implementing major construction projects all over Egypt and is focusing on rebuilding other monuments. They believe that preserving and promoting the country’s historical grounds will reinvigorate tourism, which is currently Egypt’s third-largest source of income.


Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• Do you think the newly restored pyramid will be a popular tourist destination? Why or why not?

• Which do you think is better, restoring historical sites or creating new places to visit? Explain.


Discussion B

• In your opinion, what is the significance of preserving and restoring ancient monuments and sites? Explain.

• What ancient monument or site in your country should be preserved or restored? Discuss.