Egypt Holds GOLDEN PARADE as Royal Mummies Move to New Home

Egypt Holds GOLDEN PARADE as Royal Mummies Move to New Home

Egypt Holds GOLDEN PARADE as Royal Mummies Move to New Home
Photo: Al Jazeera

Egypt in early April this year held a grandiose Golden Parade to celebrate the moving of 22 of its ancient royal mummies to their new home.

Reports said crowds gathered in Cairo streets to witness the multimillion-dollar spectacle. The parade include 18 kings and four queens making the seven kilometer-journey to their new home.

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The Golden Parade included the transport of the 18 kings and four other royals from the Egyptian Museum to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

With heavy security, the remains of the royals were carried 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.

Further, local archeologists said the vehicles appeared like ancient boats that used to carry deceased pharaohs to their tombs.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, salima Ikram of American University in Cairo said the spectacle was “extremely moving.”

“In a way, people are very proud of what they are seeing,” she said. “So although there was great expense, I think the return may be quite good in the long run.”

Meanwhile, most of the mummies belonged to the ancient New Kingdom. These pharaohs ruled the nation between 1539 BC to 1075 BC, according to the ministry of antiquities.

Egypt Holds GOLDEN PARADE as Royal Mummies Move to New Home
Photo: Al Jazeera

The parade also included Ramses II, one of the country’s most famous pharaohs, and Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only woman pharaoh.