Surprisingly, all these were dug out from under an outdoor marketplace in Cairo, Egypt. It is a pharaonic sun temple with large statues believed to be of King Ramses II. Egypt’s antiquities chief informed this on Sunday.
The site has been partially uncovered, and is the largest sun temple ever found in the capital’s Aim Shams and Matariya districts. Zahi Hawass told The Associated Press,
it is where the ancient city of Heliopolis was located. Heliopolis is the center of pharaonic sun worship
Among the artifacts was a pink granite statue weighing 4 to 5 tons, Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said, whose features “resemble those of Ramses II.”