Belzoni, Giovanni Battista
Born: Nov 15, 1778 AD
Died: 1823 AD, at 45 years of age.
1778 - Born on the 15th of November in Padua, Italy.
1800 - Studied hydraulics then moved to the Netherlands.
1803 - Traveled to England, where he married an Englishwoman, Sarah Bane.
1812 - He left England, and after travelling in Spain and Portugal.
1815 - He reached Egypt. Belzoni wanted to show Mehemet Ali a hydraulic machine of his own invention for raising the waters of the Nile..
1817 - Opened temple of Abu-Simbel.
- He discovered tomb of Seti I.
1819 - Returned to England.
1820 - Published an account of his travels and discoveries.
1820-1821 - Exhibited facsimiles of the tomb of Seti I, held at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London.
1822 - Belzoni showed his model in Paris.
1823 - He set out for West Africa, intending to travel to Timbuktu. Having been refused permission to pass through Morocco, he chose the Guinea Coast route.
- Died on the 3rd of December at a village called Gwato where he was murdered and robbed.
- He was the first to open the second pyramid of Giza.
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