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 Square, to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization within the Fustat neighbourhood, the place Egypt’s first Islamic capital was positioned.
The mummies had been transported in climate-controlled circumstances loaded onto vehicles embellished with wings and pharaonic design for the hour-long journey from their earlier house within the older, Egyptian Museum. The ceremony kicked off with a 21-gun salute.
Most of the mummies belong to the traditional New Kingdom, which dominated Egypt between 1539 B.C. to 1075 B.C., based on the ministry of antiquities.
They embody 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 – had 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. Both areas are close to the southern metropolis of Luxor. The tombs had been first excavated within the nineteenth century.
After excavation, the mummies had been taken to Cairo by boats that sailed the Nile. Some had been showcased in glass circumstances, whereas others had been saved. The stays of Ramses II had 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 trade that has been reeling from the political turmoil following the 2011 fashionable rebellion that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and extra lately, the coronavirus pandemic.