• January 31, 2023

Royal Mummies Paraded Through Downtown Cairo In Museum Move : NPR

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Twenty-two mummified members of the ancient Egyptian royalty passed through Downtown Cairo in an impressive parade on Saturday. The event, which drew fanfare to the country’s robust antique collections in an elaborate procession, resulted in the mummies being relocated from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, about 3 miles away in nearby Fustat.

The event was called the Golden Parade of the Pharaohs. Dancers, musicians and more accompanied the 22 mummies. Mahmoud Khaled / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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The spectacle was named The golden parade of the pharaohs and comprised 18 kings and four queens, including some of the most famous Egyptian rulers of the past. Among them was King Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs of Egypt, who lived in the 12th century BC. BC ruled. He ruled the New Kingdom for 67 years and was best known for signing the first known peace treaty. BBC reported.

Eighteen kings and four queens were transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, including King Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs of Egypt. Mahmoud Khaled / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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Eighteen kings and four queens were transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, including King Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs of Egypt.

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The royal figures were transported in vehicles specially equipped to carry the remains and a security column surrounded the convoy. Due to the fragility of the preserved pharaohs, they were placed in boxes filled with nitrogen for protection. The roads along the route have even been paved to ensure a smooth move.

Officials hope the new museum will be a boon to tourism, a lucrative industry for the country that has been hit hard by years of political unrest and, more recently, the pandemic, according to the BBC.

The mummies will be on display and open to the public from April 18th. Mahmoud Khaled / AFP via Getty Images are hiding the caption

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The mummies will be on display and open to the public from April 18th.

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The Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was enthusiastic about the relocation of the mummies via Twitter. “With all my pride, I look forward to receiving the kings and queens of Egypt after their journey,” he said. “This majestic scene is new evidence of the greatness of this people, the guardians of this unique civilization that extends into the depths of history.”

The mummies’ new home will be in the Royal Mummies Hall in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Visitors are welcomed from now on April 18said a press release from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiques.

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