The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization has been called "the most important cultural project in the world."
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National Museum of Egyptian Civilization it is the most important cultural project in the world, according to Zahi Hawass, a prominent Egyptologist and former minister of antiquities. Hawass noted that the museum is the most important project he started with Farouk Hosni, the former Egyptian minister of culture, but remained unfinished due to the January 25, 2011 revolution.
It is noteworthy that the museum, built on a total area of 117 feddani in Giza, is the largest museum in the world dedicated to a civilization, and its opening is eagerly awaited. The museum will contain over 5.000 artifacts from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, which will be displayed together for the first time since their discovery. These artifacts will be displayed in two galleries dedicated to the pharaoh.
Hawass said a statue of Ramses II and an obelisk of his reign would be installed at the museum, and visitors would be able to view statues of kings and queens. "Boats found in the Khufu Pyramid [in Giza] will be transported to the museum along with three large galleries dedicated to important artifacts"he added. "I really believe that the opening of this museum will be the most important cultural discovery in the world, because National Museum of Egyptian Civilization he showed the world that Egypt really cares about its ancient artifacts. ”
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization has shown the world that Egypt really cares about its ancient artifacts.
Egypt plans a second parade to transfer King Tutankhamun to National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Earlier, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anani announced that the museum would be ready to open by June 2021. "We will invite heads of state from around the world to the opening ceremony of the museum, so we will have to wait for the restrictions to be lifted. imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said El-Anani.
It is noteworthy that until the middle of the XNUMXth century, there was no legislation on trade in antiques in Egypt. There were thousands of artifacts, such as jewelry, statues, engravings and even entire monuments, which were removed from their original environment to join private collections or various groups of museums around the world.
The first step in reducing the smuggling of Egyptian antiquities from abroad was taken on August 15, 1835, when Egyptian Governor Mohammed Ali Pasha issued a decree banning the export and trade of all antiques in the country. The decree also included the construction of a building in Cairo's Azbakia Park, a house for preserving monuments.
On April 3, the Egyptians witnessed a historic procession of the country's ancient rulers through the capital Cairo. Golden Parade of the Pharaohs of Cairo it cost several million dollars and was dedicated to transporting 22 royal mummies - 18 kings and 4 queens - from the old Egyptian Museum to their new resting place - the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), located 5 km away.