Ancient Egyptians had leg days! Archeologists discover ancient gymnasium near Cairo

Remains of 2300-year-old gym have been found near Egypt’s Cairo, complete with a racetrack.

Egypt’s antiquities ministry says archaeologists have discovered remnants of an ancient gymnasium dating back about 2300 years, from the Hellenistic period.

The discovery was made by a German-Egyptian mission at the site of Watfa in Fayoum province, about 80 kilometres southwest of the capital, Cairo.

Watfa is the site of the ancient village of Philoteris, founded by King Ptolemy II in the 3rd century BC.

Ayman Ashmawi of the ministry says the gymnasium consists of a large meeting hall, once adorned with statues, a dining hall, a courtyard and a nearly 200-meter-long racetrack.

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