World Egypt: The Parade of Mummies
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Twenty-two Egyptian royal mummies were transferred, Saturday, April 3rd to the evening, from the Tahrir Square Museum to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC). A transfer that took the form of a high show parade aimed at making it a global event. Among the most famous displaced mummies: that of Pharaoh Ramses II and Queen Hatshepsut.
March of the Mummies: Egypt readies for Pharaohs' Parade
The mummified remains of 22 ancient Egyptian kings and queens will be paraded through the streets of Cairo Saturday, in an eye-catching royal procession to a new resting place. Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in Ancient Egyptian style. They are being moved from a decades-long residency at the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to be put on display at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation, which first opened in 2017, in the south of the capital.
with our correspondent in Cairo, Alexander Buccianti
at 8 pm (18 h Tu), it is under the fire of the projectors and the sound of the drums and preceded by pharaonic tanks and dancers dressed in the fashion of ancient Egypt that the parade started. Twenty-two barque-shaped vehicles and each containing a royal mummy have left the Cairo Museum where the mummies rested for more than a century and started parading in the streets of the city and along the Nile.
In chronological order, the Pharaoh SeqEnser Téa (sixteenth century before J-C.), nicknamed "Le Crove", opened the march, closed by Ramses IX (twelfth century before J-C.). In total, 60 motorcycles, 150 horses, 330 extras (sports students), 150 musicians and 150 percussionists of the Ministry of Defense were mobilized for the event, according to the authorities.
Egypt: 22 mummies move to new museum in grand parade
The convoy will move 18 kings and four queens from the Egyptian Museum to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.The convoy will transport 18 kings and four queens on Saturday – mostly from the New Kingdom – from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, about 5km (3 miles) to the southeast.
A show that the Egyptians had to watch on TV and Twitter because of draconian security measures prohibiting the presence of the crowd. Upon their arrival at the new National Museum of Egyptian civilization the royal mummies were greeted as heads of state: by 21 strokes of Canon and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi.
In their new home, the mummies will be exposed each in an individual room with the remains, the sarcophagus and funerary objects. The parade also aimed to promote tourism as well as the image of Egyptian power. NMEC, which occupies a large modern building, must open its doors to the public on April 4, 2021. But the mummies will be exposed to the public only from April 18th. In addition to the NMEC, Egypt must inaugurate in a few months the Great Egyptian Museum (GEM) near the Pyramids of Guizeh, which will house pharaonic collections.
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