Egyptian mummies move to new home

A convoy of vehicles transporting royal mummies is seen in Cairo on Saturday

Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume march at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

The 18 kings are Seqenenre Taa; Ahmose I; Amenhotep I; Thutmose I, II III and IV; Seti I and II; Ramses II, III, IV, V, VI and IX; Amenhotep II and III; and Merenptah.

A mummy is seen in a video screened during a ceremony of a transfer of Royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

Numerous mummies on display had made an arduous journey to Saturday's parade after being exhumed from the Deir El-Bahari cachette in Luxor's West Bank in 1881.

Under hefty security, the mummies were driven on floats seven kilometres (four miles) across the capital from the iconic Egyptian Museum to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.

After excavation, the mummies were taken to Cairo by boats that sailed the Nile.

They were put on a boat that sailed for three days, all the way from Luxor to Cairo, but their arrival in the capital city did not mark the end of their troubles.

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Discovered in 1922, the tomb of the young ruler, who took the throne briefly in the 14th century BC, contained treasures including gold and ivory. Some were showcased in glass cases, while others were stored. The remains of Ramses II were taken to Paris in 1976 for intensive restoration work by French scientists. The government is hoping that the grand parade of mummies will help to attract tourists and revive the industry.

The multi-million dollar spectacle has been created to get people excited about Egypt's rich antiquities collections after the coronavirus pandemic put an abrupt halt on the tourist industry. Guards on horses and Egyptian celebrities and signers followed the motorcade.

"Again, Egypt dazzles the world with an unrivalled event", said movie star Hussein Fahmy in an official promotional video.

The parade will be spurred on by music and performances from Egyptian artists, all broadcast live on state television.

Egypt is organising tonight the historic parade to move 18 kings and four queens through the streets of Cairo to their new resting place.

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation was completed in 2010, and Hawass said he had planned to open it in 2012.

About an hour before the parade set off, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated the main hall and the mummies hall in the NMEC, accompanied by Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili.


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