Egypt lifts gate of Isis from underwater
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Egyptian archeologists lift a sunken red granite, part of a pylon at the Isis temple, out of the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria, north of Cairo, Egypt, on Dec. 17, 2009. The red granite will be presented in a underwater antiquities museum, which is still being built, with more than 200 artifacts lifted from under the waters of the Mediterranean off Alexandria over the past years. (Xinhua)
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    CAIRO, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Egypt on Thursday lifted a nine-ton gate of the goddess Isis which carved out of red granite and discovered in the port area on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Egyptian archeologists lift a sunken red granite, part of a pylon at the Isis temple, out of the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria, north of Cairo, Egypt, on Dec. 17, 2009. The red granite will be presented in a underwater antiquities museum, which is still being built, with more than 200 artifacts lifted from under the waters of the Mediterranean off Alexandria over the past years. (Xinhua)

Egyptian archeologists lift a sunken red granite, part of a pylon at the Isis temple, out of the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria, north of Cairo, Egypt, on Dec. 17, 2009. The red granite will be presented in a underwater antiquities museum, which is still being built, with more than 200 artifacts lifted from under the waters of the Mediterranean off Alexandria over the past years. (Xinhua)
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    The gate is one of the rare artifacts discovered in 1998 by an archaeological survey carried out by the Greek archaeological mission in cooperation with the diving team of the Department of the Sunken Antiquities in Alexandria, said the Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni during the ceremony.

    Hosni noted that a committee of the UNESCO would meet with Egyptian archaeologists to study the establishment of the museum under the waters of the Mediterranean, it would be the first museum of its kind worldwide.

    Another part of the museum would be set up over the water surface taking the form of the lighthouse of Alexandria.

    Isis, goddess of fertility, was one of the major goddesses of ancient Egypt.

    Alexandria is one of the oldest coastal towns in Egypt with a vast wealth of monuments from different ages, especially in the area of Abu Qir Bay and the Eastern Harbor.

Editor: Yan
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