Egypt has made a spectacular parade to celebrate the transport of their 22 royal mummies to the new home of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization via its capital Cairo.
People gathered Saturday for a new million-kilometer journey (four miles) from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in central Cairo to their new resting place for a million-dollar visit by 18 kings and four queens.
The 22 royals in this caravan were mostly from the New Kingdom.
Authorities have closed the road to a wide ceremony on the banks of the Nile River, sparking interest in Egypt’s rich antiquities collection at a time when tourism has almost come to a standstill due to COVID-19 restrictions.
When the royal mummies, officially inaugurated on Saturday, arrived at the museum, the cannons saluted a 21-gun.
President Abdel Fattah L-CC stood at the entrance of the museum to collect mummies while depositing the past in bed-ridden cars with gold pharaonic motifs.
The event was also attended by the heads of the UN cultural agency UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization.
A special capsule filled with nitrogen was placed to ensure the safety of each mummy, said Egyptian archaeologist Zahi House.
These were driven in vehicles designed to bend and provide stability.
After the Arab conquest, the capital of Egypt under the Umayyad dynasty was Fustat, the residence of the new museum.