A spectacular parade with motorcycles, chariots and men and women dressed in ancient Egyptian attire moved 22 Pharaonic mummies through Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to their new home – the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) last week.
It was a truly spectacular sight as the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade transported 18 kings and four queens in vehicles resembling ancient Egyptian boats which were used to carry the pharaohs to their tombs.
The vehicles contained climate-controlled cases filled with nitrogen. Egyptian television channels broadcast every little detail about the parade, and about these ancestors who ruled the country more than 3,000 years ago.
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The royals on the move included Ramses II, the longest-reigning pharaoh in 12th century BC, renowned for signing the first peace treaty and Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only woman pharaoh. The queen wore a false beard to break the tradition of women playing secondary roles in the royal hierarchy. The other pharaohs belonged to the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th reigns. These mummies were formerly buried 3,000 years ago in secret tombs in the Valley of Kings…