Egypt held a gala parade on Saturday celebrating the transport of twenty-two of its prized royal mummies from central Cairo to their new resting place in an enormous new museum additional south within the capital.
The ceremony, designed to showcase the nation”s wealthy heritage, snaked alongside the Nile corniche from the Egyptian Museum overlooking Tahrir Sq., to the newly opened Nationwide Museum of Egyptian Civilization within the Fustat neighbourhood, the place Egypt’s first Islamic capital was situated.
The mummies have been transported in climate-controlled instances loaded onto vehicles adorned with wings and pharaonic design for the hour-long journey from their earlier dwelling within the older, Egyptian Museum. The ceremony kicked off with a 21-gun salute.
A lot of the mummies belong to the traditional New Kingdom, which dominated Egypt between 1539 B.C. to 1075 B.C., in keeping with the ministry of antiquities.
They embrace Ramses II, one of many nation’s most well-known pharaohs, and Queen Hatshepsut, ones of Egypt’s few feminine Pharaohs – who wore a false beard to beat custom requiring girls to play solely secondary roles within the royal hierarchy.
The mummies – 18 pharaohs and 4 different royals – have been initially buried round 3,000 years in the past in secret tombs within the Valley of Kings and the close by Deir el-Bahri web site. Each areas are close to the southern metropolis of Luxor. The tombs have been first excavated within the nineteenth century.
After excavation, the mummies have been taken to Cairo by boats that sailed the Nile. Some have been showcased in glass instances, whereas others have been saved. The stays of Ramses II have been taken to Paris in 1976 for intensive restoration work by French scientists.
The parade is a part of Egypt’s efforts to revive a tourism business that has been reeling from the political turmoil following the 2011 fashionable rebellion that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and extra just lately, the coronavirus pandemic.