Egypt holds special ceremony parading royal mummies to new resting place
Egypt held a gala parade on Saturday celebrating the transport of 22 of its prized royal mummies from central Cairo to their new resting place in a massive new museum further south in the capital.
The ceremony, designed to showcase the country’s rich heritage, snaked along the Nile corniche from the Egyptian Museum overlooking Tahrir Square to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in the Fustat neighbourhood, where Egypt’s first Islamic capital was located.
The mummies were being transported in climate-controlled cases loaded onto trucks decorated with wings and pharaonic design for the hour-long journey from their previous home in the older Egyptian Museum.
The vehicles were designed to appear like the ancient boats used to carry deceased pharaohs to their tombs.
Most of the mummies belong to the New Kingdom, which ruled Egypt between 1539 BC to 1075 BC, according to the Ministry of Antiquities.
They include Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs, and Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only woman Pharaoh — who wore a false beard to overcome tradition requiring women to play only secondary roles in the royal hierarchy.