NEWS: The Golden Parade of Mummies 2021

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Mummy of Ramesses II, Egyptian Museum Cairo

A Golden Parade of Mummies will be one of this year’s highlights in the world of Egyptology and Archaeology.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt has announced the grand event for April 3, 2021. During this event, 22 mummies will be transported in a solemn ceremony from the (Old) Egyptian Museum from Tahrir Square in Cairo to the newly built Egyptian Museum in Giza, near the pyramids.

Among the mummies are, of course, the mummies of Pharaoh Ramses II, Pharaoh Ramses IX, Pharaoh Ramses VI, Pharaoh Ramses V, Pharaoh Seti I, Pharaoh Seqenenre, and Pharaoh Thutmose III, as well as Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Meritamun, the wife of King Amenhotep I, and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of King Ahmose.

Of course, this is a gigantic event that touches not only Egyptologists but also friends of Ancient Egypt from all over the world. The 22 mummies will move into their new domicile in one of the most modern museums in the world, and of course, this has to be celebrated. The New Egyptian Museum, which also has conference rooms, an education center, and a library, is scheduled to open to the public on April 4, 2021. Two weeks later, visitors will be able to admire the mummies and immerse themselves in ancient Egypt’s history in a whole new way.

Entrance hall of the new Grand Egyptian Museum im Giza (close to Cairo)
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The elaborately staged media spectacle is somewhat reminiscent of the homage once paid to Pharaoh Ramses II’s mummy when it came by airplane to Paris (France) for an archaeo-medical examination. At that time, even the red carpet was rolled out for the once-great ruler of ancient Egypt, as this is part of the protocol standard for deceased heads of state.

A similar thing is happening now with the relocation of the deceased pharaohs‘ bodies previously exhibited and stored in the Ancient Egyptian Museum: They will get a new home and will be accompanied by music and art performances. Notable Egyptian artists including Mona Zaki, Hussein Fahmy and Sawsan Badr will create the perfect atmosphere for that remarkable event.

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