A joint Egyptian-German archaeological mission has successfully restored the southwestern part of the ceiling of Esna temple in the Qena governorate.
This came in line with a massive ongoing development project that aims to preserve the temple and return its colors to their former glory.
Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri said that the restoration and cleaning works at the temple unveiled the original and bright inscriptions and colors found under the ceiling above the temple entrance, for the first time.
In the same connection, Waziri noted the inscriptions represent goddess Geb and the goddess Nut, and other inscriptions portray the journey of the sun and moon gods in the afterlife.
On his part, the head of the Central Administration for the Registration of Egyptian Antiquities and head of the Egyptian archaeological mission, Hisham el-Leithy, said that the temple’s colorful inscriptions have suffered over the past centuries from the accumulation of thick layers of soot, dust and dirt as well as the remains of birds, bats and spiders’ nests.
It’s worth mentioning that the temple, which sits on the west bank of the Nile 100 kilometers to the south of Luxor, has unique and distinct inscriptions, and monuments dating back to the era of Roman Emperor Decius (between 251-249 BC).