Bulldozers overhaul Luxor, city of pashas and pharaohs

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In the dusty streets behind the pasha's grand villa, bulldozers and forklifts are tearing into the city where Agatha Christie found inspiration and Howard Carter unearthed Tutankhamun.

Egypt has already cleared out Luxor's old bazaar, demolished thousands of homes and dozens of Belle Epoque buildings in a push to transform the site of the ancient capital Thebes into a huge open-air museum.

Officials say the project will preserve temples and draw more tourists, but the work has outraged archaeologists and architects who say it has gutted Luxor's more recent heritage.

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Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs - 4/2/2010

There are reports of the demolition of a church at Luxor. There may have been confusion in the initial reports between the word "Episcopal" and the word "Evangelical" (which are, of course, not always identical).


[and what appears to be a corrected report:]