CAIRO – 13 September 2021: The entire world is highly anticipating the official launch of the Grand Egyptian Museum.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will house more than 50,000 artifacts including all the personal holdings of the Golden King Tutankhamun, all gathered for the first time in one place.
In addition, visitors will enjoy numerous displays for the first time in Egypt and the world, including the Great Staircase, the Hanging Obelisk, Khufu’s 2nd Solar Ship, and more.
The Hanging Obelisk:
The hanging obelisk shows the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptian in designing and sculpting monuments. It is set to be located in the main entrance of the museum on an area of 7 acres.
The Great Staircase:
The Great Staircase in the Grand Egyptian Museum will serve as an introduction to the museum and is called Area 1. The foyer will contain a colossal statue of King Ramses II.
The Great Staircase focuses on two themes, the royal image, and the deities and kings. It is divided into four sections. The first section will deal with how the king was represented in the three-dimensional sculptures.
The second section focuses on the status of the deities in ancient Egypt, and this will include the representation of the kings during their participation in religious rituals and the making of offerings to the deities.
This will be displayed in addition to the pillars and columns of the temples constructed to the deities, from the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.
Khufu Solar Ships:
Visitors of the Grand Egyptian Museum will get the chance to witness the restoration work of the Second Khufu Solar Ship. The assembly and restoration work of the second Khufu Solar Ship will take nearly 3 years to be completed, due to the poor condition of the wood that was extracted from the boat pit. The extraction of 1,700 pieces of wood was carried out in cooperation with the Japanese grant.
The holdings of the Golden King Tutankhamun, which exceed 5,000 artifacts, will be displayed on an area of 7,000 square meters, for the first time to the public.