A convoy of vehicles transporting royal mummies is seen in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 3, 2021. Egypt held a parade celebrating the transport of 22 of its prized royal mummies from Egyptian Museum to he newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. (AP Photo)
UPDATED 8:10 AM PT – Monday, April 5, 2021
The Egyptian government held an impressive show of its ancient legacy by bringing out the mummies of its past rulers to public display.
Egyptian authorities displayed a total of 22 mummies carried in nitrogen-filled capsules as part of their relocation to the newly established National Museum of Egyptian Civilization on Sunday. The mummies of 18 pharaohs and four queens date back mostly to the New Kingdom period.
“When I visit the museum of Islamic arts I look at Islamic arts, and when I visit the Greek-Roman museum I can look at items from this period,” stated Abdelazeem Abdelrazek, director of Heavy Stones Labs. “If I visit the Egyptian museum, I can view Pharaonic artifacts, but the museum of National civilization includes items from all of these eras in one place.”
Egyptian officials said the Parade of the Mummies is designed to reignite tourist interest in their country following a massive drop in tourist revenues due to COVID-19 lockdowns.