Egypt pyramid renovation sparks debate

January 29, 2024

The Menkaure pyramid, pictured in February 2023, was originally encased in granite but over time lost part of its covering (Amir MAKAR)A video showing renovation work at Egypt's Menkaure pyramid at Giza has triggered social media criticism, with one expert decrying its "absurdity". When originally built, the pyramid was encased in granite, but over time lost part of its covering. "The only thing missing was to add tiling to the pyramid of Menkaure! The issue of heritage preservation in Egypt -- which derives 10 percent of its gross domestic product from tourism -- is often the subject of heated debate. The debate has lately focused on the fifteenth-century Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi mosque in the coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt's second largest.