You know how in Indiana Jones' Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lost City is buried under a sandstorm and rediscovered by Nazis? Plot twist: it was buried somewhere in Sharkia and discovered by a French guy. Now it's becoming an open-air museum!
Okay, backtracking just a bit: Tanis is an archaeological site in Egypt's San el-Hagar (Sharkia Governorate) that was unearthed by French archaeologist Pier Montet in the 20th century after years of excavations. It's also the name of the Lost City in the Indiana Jones film. In the real-life Tanis, a royal tomb complex was found that included three intact burial chambers, which was considered a groundbreaking discovery. The archaeological area is called “the Thebes of the North” for the historical value it holds, despite being shattered. Tanis was the capital of the 21st and 22nd dynasties, a wealthy commercial center; throughout history, Tanis was always known to be hidden somewhere in the Thebes of the North, but the exact location was not known.
Working with the French ambassador in Egypt, Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al Anani agreed on an Egyptian-French collaboration to develop the archaeological city of Tanis, turning it into an open-air museum for the public. On their side, the French embassy is providing the appropriate budget for the implementation of this project, all under the framework of upgrading the services of all the archaeological sites in Egypt.
The open-air museum will include the establishment of a center for visitors, a path through the site, services, and signs to explain the history of the site. Besides the restoration of the royal tombs and monuments, the ministry also repaired, assembled, re-installed, and lifted two obelisks and statues in the site, preparing for the big comeback of Tanis.
The lost city of Tanis was made famous through a feature in the Indiana Jones movie, . In the famous movie, the city was buried . But the true tale of city is even more interesting. Tanis was the capital of the 21st and 22nd dynasties, a wealthy commercial center; throughout history, Tanis was always known to be hidden somewhere in the Thebes of the North, but the exact location was not known.
Source: Egypt Today