Ramses II was the most powerful and most celebrated ruler of ancient Egypt. He was the third pharaoh of the civilizations 19th dynasty and ruled a vast empire that stretched from present-day Libya to Iraq in the east, to Turkey in the north and to Sudan in the south.

During his 66 year reign (1279 to 1213 B.C.), Ramses II built more temples and monuments than any other Egyptian pharaoh. He also took many wives and fathered more than 100 children.

Egypt is hopeful that the impressive find, will give a boost to its struggling tourism industry. With recent high-profile visits from celebrities such as American actor Will Smith and Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, the country’s historic hotspots have already enjoyed a great deal of international media attention thus far this year.

The country’s massive tourism sector has been hit-hard ever since the 2011 uprisings that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. This year however, tourism officials in the country are encouraged by an increasing number of visitors, hoping they may finally return to pre-2011 levels.