Ancient Egypt is one of the world’s great civilisations. After a unified kingdom arose around 3150 BC a series of dynasties ruled Egypt for the next three millennia. During this long era, the ancient Egyptians produced some of the most famous monuments in the world and many of which have survived the ages. Unfortunately, these ancient Egyptian temples may not endure as long as the myths.
Many of the ancient monuments are disappearing before our eyes.
Even more devastating, the “humidity from the breath of millions of tourists is also precipitating irreparable damage”, says a bombshell documentary.
Which is why, according to Egypt’s head of antiquities, Zahi Hawass, “we need to stop this mass tourism”.
Speaking in Amazon Prime’s 2007 documentary “Egypt: Quest for the Lord of the Nile”, Mr Hawass said: “Egypt should be very expensive.
“Egypt has something that no one can have: the Pyramids, the Sphinx, mummies, King Tutenkhamun.
“Those are something no one can have and that’s why, in my opinion, you don’t really increase the number of tourists.
“But you increase the quality of the tourist who come to Egypt."
The documentary’s narrator claims the tombs of the Pharaoh in Egypt's Valley of the Kings will “disappear within 150 to 500 years if they remain open to tourists”.
The “breath from tourists could kill the ornate Pharaoh tombs in Egypt's Valley of Kings if the area remains open to visits”.
Poor ventilation and tourist breath are causing damage to the carvings and painted decoration in the tombs.
Mr Hawass said: ”The levels of humidity and fungus are increasing because of the breath of visitors and this means that the tombs could disappear between 150 and 500 years.
"The tombs which are open to visitors are facing severe damage to both colours and the engravings."
The tombs, which include the last resting place of legendary Pharaohs such as Queen Nefertiti and boy king Tutenkhamun, are a big tourist attraction.