Egypt held a spectacular parade to transport 22 mummies of its most famous pharaohs from central Cairo to their new resting place at the National Museum of Egyypt Civilization opened in 2017.
The ceremony snaked along the Nile corniche from the Egyptian Museum overlooking Tahrir Square to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, Cairo, where Egypt’s first Islamic capital was located.
The mummies, 18 pharaohs and four other royals were transported in climate-controlled cases loaded onto Golden trucks decorated with wings and pharaonic design for the hour-long journey from their previous home in the older, Egyptian Museum.
Royal mummies seen in a video screened during the ceremony. The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry are also live-streaming the event on social media platforms.
The mummified remains of 22 ancient Egyptian kings and queens who died more than 3,000 years ago.
The kings and queens reigned during the 17th through 20th dynasties of ancient Egypt, which is 3,500 to 3,100 years ago, and a majority of them were discovered in two archaeological excavations in the late 1880s. Pictured is one of the sites in Luxor in the 1880s
They were originally buried around 3,000 years ago in secret tombs in the Valley of Kings and the nearby Deir el-Bahri site. Both areas are near the southern city of Luxor. The tombs were first excavated in the 19th century.
Vehicles are seen during the parade as the Royal mummies are transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, Cairo
The carriage carrying the mummy of Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, daughter of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao II, advances as part of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on April 3.
King Seti I, who died in 1279 BC, also joined the procession.
He is known for bringing prosperity to Egypt during his reign, following his father’s two years of ruling.
The linen-wrapped mummy of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Tutankhamun, displayed in a climate-controlled glass case in his underground tomb.
The mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s most famous female pharaoh, lie in a glass case.
The mummy of Ramses II (1301-1235 BC), son of Sethy at Cairo Museum