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In Pictures: Egyptian mummies paraded through Cairo

Egypt held a spectacular parade to have fun the transport of twenty-two of its royal mummies through the capital, Cairo, to their new house within the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.

Crowds gathered on Saturday to witness the multimillion-dollar spectacle of 18 kings and 4 queens making the 7km journey (4 miles) from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square to their new resting place.

The 22 royals within the convoy had been largely from the New Kingdom.

Authorities shut down roads alongside the Nile for the frilly ceremony, designed to drum up curiosity in Egypt’s wealthy collections of antiquities at a time when tourism has virtually totally stalled due to COVID-19 associated restrictions.

As the royal mummies arrived on the museum, which was formally inaugurated on Saturday, cannons fired a 21-gun salute.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stood on the entrance of the museum to obtain the mummies as they filed previous on automobiles bedecked with golden pharaonic motifs.

The heads of the UN cultural company UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization had been additionally current on the ceremony.

Each mummy had been positioned in a particular capsule stuffed with nitrogen to make sure safety, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass stated.

They had been carried on automobiles designed to cradle them and supply stability.

Fustat, the house of the brand new museum, was the location of Egypt’s capital beneath the Umayyad dynasty after the Arab conquest.

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