Egypt Picture - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


Marcus Wilson-Smith


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


The Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, a pyramid-like concrete structure, is located in the Nasr City district in Cairo. The idea of the statue dates back to October 1974, when the first anniversary of October War was being held. Late Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat passed the order to build it. The statue contains the mortal remains of a martyr symbolizing all martyrs. It is the design of Prof. Dr. Sami Rafe. Work was started in late May 1975, and was completed on September 15, 1975. The statue consists of four top-countered walls in a pyramid like form; 31.6m high, 1.9m thick and 14.3m wide.

On October 6, 1975 Anwar Sadat, accompanied by the then Vice President Hosni Mubarak, inaugurated the statue and put flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 1981, the funeral of Sadat took place, and he was buried at the same spot near the Statue.

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