Procession of Royal Mummies

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt has announced the date of the transfer of the royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum of Tahrir to its permanent exhibition site at the Museum of Egyptian Civilization on Saturday, April 3rd.

This event is going to be the first of its kind in the world; to transport 22 royal mummies in a majestic international procession from the place of its current exhibition at the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo to its permanent exhibition site at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, south of Cairo.

The event is expected to draw the world’s attention to the greatness of the old Egyptian kings and queens and the legacy of Egyptian civilization. The procession will include 22 royal mummies; 18 mummies of kings, and 4 mummies of queens, namely King Ramses II, Ramses III, Ramses IV, Ramses V, Ramses VI, Ramses VI, Ramses IX, under The second, The Thutmose I, Thutmose III, Thutmose IV, SahunRa, Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I, Amenhotep II, Ahms Nefertari, Merritt Amon, Sattah, Marnebetah, Queen T, City II, CityII”

Accompanied by 17 royal coffins dating back to the dynasty “17, 18, 19, 20”, the royal procession of mummies moves from Tahrir Square, where the obelisk is located in the famous square, along the Nile, to reach the place of permanent display in the Museum of National Civilization of Egypt. It is the largest museum of civilization in the world, and the only one of its kind in the Middle East.

The museum’s most prominent artifacts

The museum contains many important and unique artifacts, the most important of which are:

  1. Statue of King Marnebetah: this statue is one of the largest found of King Marnebetah, with a height of about 2.60 meters, 1 meter wide, a depth of 0.75 meters and a weight of more than four tons.
  2. The statue of goddess Hathor: Hathour is one of the most famous ancient Egyptian goddesses; the goddess of heaven, love, beauty, happiness, music, and fertility, once named Pat. He godess was symbolized by a cow, and sometimes in the image of a woman with a cow’s ear.

The historic procession begins when the gate of the main Egyptian Museum is opened at night to clear the way for 22 kings and queens to make their way to their new place of rest.  Car, especially built for the event, decorated with pharaonic drawings will be carrying the mummies, each inside aa glass box specially designed for them, in a certain degree of preservation.

Before the movement of the procession, 21 canon shots will be fired in tribute to the kings and queens of Egypt.

The mummies will arrive at the permanent exhibition place in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, to settle inside a dedicated hall called The Mummies Hall.

Procession of the royal mummies

Procession of the royal mummies – Image courtesy of Egypt Forward

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