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Photos: Historic parade held for Egyptian mummies in Cairo

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

A historic parade was held on Saturday for Egypt’s ancient rulers through the capital, Cairo.

22 mummies made up of 18 kings and four queens were transported from the neo-classical Egyptian Museum to their new resting place 5km away.

Transported with great fanfare the mummies were paraded in chronological order of their reigns – from the 17th Dynasty ruler, Seqenenre Taa II, to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th Century BC.

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The mummy of King Ramses II was among those to be transported. Photo: Reuters

The mummies were placed in special containers filled with nitrogen, under conditions similar to their regular display cases for the procession.

The parade according to officials was a multimillion-dollar event aimed at highlighting the special place the mummies occupy in Egyptian history.

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The mummies were transported from the Egyptian Museum on Cairo’s Tahrir Square to their new home. Photo: EPA

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said “This grandiose spectacle is further proof of the greatness… of a unique civilisation that extends into the depths of history.”

The mummies were relocated to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation under tight security arrangements.

When the mummies entered the new museum, they were welcomed with a 21-gun salute.

The mummies will now undergo 15 days of laboratory restoration ahead of being showcased separately in their new home in underground tombs.

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Some of Cairo’s streets were resurfaced to ensure the mummies had a smooth journey. Photo: Reuters

“The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has done its best to make sure that the mummies have been stabilised, conserved, and are packed in a climate-controlled environment,” said Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation will open fully on Sunday, before the mummies go on display to the general public two weeks later.

The museum first opened its doors to limited exhibits from 2017.


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