Cairo (AP) — Egypt launches a gala parade on Saturday celebrating the transport of 22 precious royal mummies from central Cairo to the new resting place of a huge new museum further south of the capital.
Ceremony designed to showcase the country’s rich heritage ranges from the Egyptian Museum overlooking Tahrir Square to the newly opened Egyptian National Museum of Civilization in the Fustat district, where Egypt’s first Islamic capital was located. It meanders along the river cornish.
The mummies are shipped in temperature-controlled cases loaded onto trucks decorated with wings and pharaoh designs for an hour’s journey from the former Egyptian Museum’s former home. The ceremony begins with 21 gun salutes, accompanied by light and music.
According to the Ministry of Archeology, most mummies belong to the New Kingdom of Egypt, which ruled Egypt between 1539 BC and 1075 BC.
Among them are Ramses II, one of the country’s most famous pharaohs, and Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only female pharaoh.
The mummies (18 pharaohs and 4 other royalty) were originally buried in the Valley of the Kings and the secret tombs of the nearby Dale Elbari ruins about 3,000 years ago. Both regions are located near the southern city of Luxor. The tomb was first excavated in the 19th century.
After the excavation, the mummy was taken to Cairo by boat sailing on the Nile. Some were housed in glass cases, while others were stored. The wreckage of Ramses II was brought to Paris in 1976 for intensive restoration work by French scientists.
The parade is part of Egypt’s efforts to revive the tourism industry, which has recovered from the 2011 mass uprising that defeated long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak and, more recently, the political turmoil that followed the coronavirus pandemic.
“This parade is a unique, unrepeated, global event,” declared Calade El Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiques.
The capital is insecure and authorities are closing major streets and intersections along the route due to slow-moving vehicles. Horse guards and Egyptian celebrities and signatories followed the convoy.
“Once again, Egypt will captivate the world with unparalleled events,” movie star Hussein Fahamy said in an official promotional video.
The event will begin at sunset and will be broadcast live on state television and other satellite stations. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is also livestreaming on social media platforms.
Existence of Tahrir’s “Pharaoh’s Golden Parade”. Authorities have officially announced the obelisk and four sphinxes to decorate Cairo’s most famous square.
Egyptian President Abdel Fatta Elsisi, who welcomes the mummies at the new museum, said, “This magnificent sight is a new proof of the greatness of these people and protects this unique civilization that extends deep into history. I tweeted.
According to the ministry, when they arrive at the new museum, 20 mummies will be on display and the remaining two will be stored.