Tue, 08 Dec 2020 - 12:46 GMT
One of the vehicles especially prepared for transferring King Merneptah's mummy - ET
CAIRO – 8 December 2020: A new video have been released showing the final rehearsals for transporting 22 royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the place of their permanent display in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fostat, while the government is finalizing the equipment for this huge event, which will be covered by all local and international media.
The video shows rehearsals of the procession for transporting the royal mummies, as the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities places the final preparations for this huge event, for a procession befitting the greatness of the ancient Egyptian history and civilization.
This is within the framework of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's directives to complete international archaeological and cultural activities, in a manner that is consistent with the greatness and nobility of the ancient Egyptian civilization, and highlights the country's ongoing efforts to develop and modernize Cairo and other ancient cities.
The number of mummies and coffins to be transported is 22 royal mummies and 17 royal coffins, dating back to the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th Dynasties. 18 of the mummies are for kings, while 4 belong to queens.
Among the mummies transferred are mummies of King Ramses II; King Seqenenre Tao; King Tuthmosis III; King Seti I; Queen Hatshepsut; and Queen Meritamen, the wife of King Amenhotep I; and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of King Ahmose I.
The royal mummies will be transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in a large march, in preparation for the opening of three halls that include the central exhibition hall and the mummies hall.
It is worth noting that the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is one of the most important projects carried out in cooperation with UNESCO and is one of the largest museums of civilization in Egypt and the Middle East.