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CAIRO – 26 June 2020: Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el Enany inspected on Friday, Matrouh Museum and Rommel Cave Museum as well a number of tourist and archaeological sites in Matrouh governorate before resuming inbound tourism to Egypt starting July 1.
Enany was accompanied by Matrouh Governor Khaled Shoaib.
Enany was keen to make sure that all the precautionary measures are applied at the tourist facilities.
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities visited a number of famous beaches in Matrouh, such as Cleopatra and Gharam beaches.
He also inspected the new Corniche which is 8 kilometers long and 32 meters wide.
Matrouh Museum was re-opened by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2018.
After being closed for seven years for renovations, the Rommel Cave museum was reopened by Enany on 2017.
The renovation of the museum was carried out as a result of the cooperation between the Matrouh governorate and the Ministry of Antiquities.
The opening of the museum came within the celebrations of Matrouh National Day.
The Rommel Cave Museum is a cave inside the core of the mountain that dates back to the Greco-Roman era.
It is in the shape of an arch with an entrance and exit at the end of the cliff overlooking the beach.
The German general Rommel, dubbed the Desert Fox, chose it to be his headquarters during the war. The cave is located near Rommel beach.
The cave was transformed to a museum and opened to the public for the first time in 1988 for the sake of displaying some of Rommel’s personal possessions, such as his weapons, shells and the military equipment he used during the war.
The museum contains other of Rommel’s personal objects like a leather coat, clothes, photographs, a field telephone, a compass, military attire, maps that he drew, battle plans and medals he received from Hitler.
In 2010 the museum was closed for renovations and developments. The Ministry of Antiquities was keen to reopen the museum as a major tourist attraction in Matrouh to promote tourism.