Photos: Egypt relocates mummies to new museum in Pharaohs’ Golden Parade

  • On April 3, a grand parade conveyed 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies, mostly from the New Kingdom, from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo's Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat. Archaeologists discovered the mummies in two batches at the complex of mortuary temples of Deir Al Bahari in Luxor and at the nearby Valley of the Kings from 1871. The oldest is that of Seqenenre Tao, the last king of the 17th Dynasty, who reigned in the 16th century BC and is thought to have met a violent death. The parade also included the mummies of Ramses II, Seti I, and Ahmose-Nefertari.
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A view of the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo, involving the transfer of Royal mummies to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, on April 3. The grand parade conveyed 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies in special capsules across the Egyptian capital to a new museum home where they can be displayed in greater splendour.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

A view of the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo, involving the transfer of Royal mummies to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, on April 3. The grand parade conveyed 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies in special capsules across the Egyptian capital to a new museum home where they can be displayed in greater splendour.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

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Vehicles move in a convoy during the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. The convoy transported 18 kings and four queens, mostly from the New Kingdom, from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo's Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, about 5km to the south-east.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

Vehicles move in a convoy during the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. The convoy transported 18 kings and four queens, mostly from the New Kingdom, from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo's Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, about 5km to the south-east.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

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Artists perform near pyramids during the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. Authorities shut down roads along the Nile for the elaborate ceremony, designed to drum up interest in Egypt's rich collections of antiquities when tourism has almost entirely stalled because of Covid-19 related restrictions, Reuters reported.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

Artists perform near pyramids during the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. Authorities shut down roads along the Nile for the elaborate ceremony, designed to drum up interest in Egypt's rich collections of antiquities when tourism has almost entirely stalled because of Covid-19 related restrictions, Reuters reported.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi attends the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. As the royal mummies arrived at the museum, which was officially inaugurated on April 3, cannons fired a 21-gun salute and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stood by as the mummies filed past on vehicles bedecked with golden pharaonic motifs, Reuters reported.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi attends the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. As the royal mummies arrived at the museum, which was officially inaugurated on April 3, cannons fired a 21-gun salute and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stood by as the mummies filed past on vehicles bedecked with golden pharaonic motifs, Reuters reported.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

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An aerial view of the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. "We chose the Civilization Museum because we want, for the first time, to display the mummies in a civilized manner, an educated manner, and not for amusement as they were in the Egyptian Museum," Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass told Reuters.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

An aerial view of the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. "We chose the Civilization Museum because we want, for the first time, to display the mummies in a civilized manner, an educated manner, and not for amusement as they were in the Egyptian Museum," Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass told Reuters.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

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A musical ensemble performs during the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade programme in Cairo on April 3. Fustat, the home of the new museum, was the site of Egypt's capital under the Umayyad dynasty after the Arab conquest.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS )

A musical ensemble performs during the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade programme in Cairo on April 3. Fustat, the home of the new museum, was the site of Egypt's capital under the Umayyad dynasty after the Arab conquest.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS )

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The carriage carrying the mummy of Pharaoh Ramses III (1186-1155 BC) advances as part of the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. Each mummy had been placed in a special capsule filled with nitrogen to ensure protection, Hawass told Reuters.(Khaled Desouki / AFP)

The carriage carrying the mummy of Pharaoh Ramses III (1186-1155 BC) advances as part of the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. Each mummy had been placed in a special capsule filled with nitrogen to ensure protection, Hawass told Reuters.(Khaled Desouki / AFP)

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The mummy of Ramses II during the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. "By doing it like this, with great pomp and circumstance, the mummies are getting their due... These are the kings of Egypt, these are the pharaohs. And so, it is a way of showing respect," Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist at the American University in Cairo told Reuters.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

The mummy of Ramses II during the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Cairo on April 3. "By doing it like this, with great pomp and circumstance, the mummies are getting their due... These are the kings of Egypt, these are the pharaohs. And so, it is a way of showing respect," Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist at the American University in Cairo told Reuters.(Host Broadcaster via REUTERS)

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