Thu, 27 May 2021 - 10:53 GMT
FILE - Egyptian Museum in Tahrir
CAIRO – 27 May 2021: Director General of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek said that there is a great demand to see the artifacts displayed instead of the royal mummies that were transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, in a ceremony witnessed by the whole world.
Abdel Razek added the hall in which the royal mummies were previously displayed is receiving growing attention even from first-time visitors.
According to Abdel Razek, 50 colored coffins are currently displayed in the hall, including two from the Saqqara archaeological discovery, and 48 coffins from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, of which 15 coffins are displayed for the first time and the others were on display on the third floor of the museum and in the basement.
These coffins have received a grant project that began in 2016, to include document, photograph and restore 626 coffins.
The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir is the first national museum in the Middle East that includes the largest and most important archaeological treasures of the ancient Egyptian civilization, in addition to being a unique landmark that played an important role in educating and disseminating archaeological awareness for the Egyptian society.
The museum also houses a library and archive that contains rare documents and books in the field of Egyptology. It is a great place as a source of living heritage.
Director General of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek said that the museum’s building is unique in being an exceptional architectural edifice, and one of the first architectural buildings specifically constructed to become a museum, as it is distinguished by its unique design and engineering achievement.
It was built by the French architect Marcel Dornon, who designed it in the style of classical Greco-Roman architecture, after passing an international competition of 87 designs, the foundation stone of the museum was laid in 1897 and it was inaugurated on November 15, 1902 during the reign of Khedive Abbas Hilmi II.