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The partially uncovered site is the largest sun temple ever found in the capital's Aim Shams and Matariya districts, where the ancient city of Heliopolis — the centre of pharaonic sun worship — was located, Zahi Hawass said.
Among the artifacts was a pink granite statue weighing 4 to 5 tonnes whose features “resemble those of Ramses II,” said Dr. Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Also found was a two-metre-high statue of a seated figure with hieroglyphics that include three tablets with the name of Ramses II — and a 3-tonne head of royal statue, the council said in a statement.
The green pavement stones of the temple's floor were also uncovered.