The first carriages, decorated with golden and luminous motifs reminiscent of ancient funerary vessels, left at 20:00 local time (19:00 in Lisbon) Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum of Cairo, where the mummies had been for more than a century.
The square was closed to the circulation of cars and people, as well as the entire seven-kilometer journey to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, where the mummies will be exposed to the public from April 18, despite the museum opening on Sunday.
Under cannon fire, the carriages arrived at the museum after half an hour and were received by the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who, at the beginning of the night, reviewed some collections, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouli , and by UNESCO’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay.
Pharaoh Sekenenré Taá (16th century BC), nicknamed “The Brave”, opened the parade through the streets of Cairo and Ramses IX (12th century BC) ended.
Discovered near the city of Luxor, from 1881, most of the 22 mummies have not left Tahrir Square, where the Egyptian Museum of Cairo has been, since the beginning of the 20th century.
Since the 1950s, mummies have been exposed in a small room without any museographic framework.
At the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization they will be next to their sarcophagi, in a scenario evoking the underground tombs of the kings, and with biographical information and some objects.
Within a few months, another museum will open, the Great Egyptian Museum, near the pyramids of Giza.
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