Egypt transfers 22 mummies to new museum in majestic parade

The mummies of 22 kings and queens of ancient Egypt were the protagonists of a parade held this Saturday (3/4). The historical pieces were taken from the Cairo Museum to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, which will open on Sunday (4/4), south of the capital.

The procession was made in chronological order, according to the era of each pharaoh. The mummies were on board a vehicle with decorations typical of the time of the pharaohs. The trip lasted 40 minutes and had increased security.

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The procession was led by Pharaoh Sekenenré Taá (16th century BC) and closed by Ramses 9th (12th century BC). Best known to the general public, Ramsés 2º was also part of the parade.

Most of the 22 mummies have not left the Cairo Museum since the early 20th century.

To be transported, they were placed in a nitrogen capsule, in conditions similar to the urns in which they are in the museum. Transport vehicles also have a mechanism to prevent impacts.

They will be displayed in the new museum, starting on April 18, in more modern urns, “with better temperature and humidity control than the old museum,” according to Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University of Cairo and a specialist in mummification.

The mummies will be presented individually, alongside their sarcophagi, in an environment reminiscent of the underground tombs of kings, and each will have a biography. In some cases, CT scans performed will also be displayed.

CAIRO, EGYPT – APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Photo by Islam Safwat/Getty Images

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs' Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).CAIRO, EGYPT – APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Photo by Islam Safwat/Getty Images

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs' Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).CAIRO, EGYPT – APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Photo by Islam Safwat/Getty Images

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs' Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).CAIRO, EGYPT – APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Photo by Islam Safwat/Getty Images

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs' Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).CAIRO, EGYPT – APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Photo by Islam Safwat/Getty Images

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs' Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).CAIRO, EGYPT – APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Photo by Islam Safwat/Getty Images

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs' Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).CAIRO, EGYPT – APRIL 03: Artists perform as a specially designed vehicle transports the mummy of King Seqenenre Taa in a convoy from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization during The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade on April 03, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. In what officials here dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, 22 royal mummies were paraded from their current home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, along the Nile and to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Photo by Islam Safwat/Getty Images

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