Cairo Stages Majestic Parade to Move 22 Mummies to New Museum

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Twenty-Two Egyptian Royal Mummies Moved to Cairo Museum in'Golden Parade of Pharaohs CC0 Pixabay

Under hefty security, the mummies were driven on floats seven kilometres (four miles) across the capital from the iconic Egyptian Museum to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.

A procession of royal mummies has taken place across the Egyptian capital of Cairo as they were moved to a new museum.

The paraded mummies include King Ramses II, King Seknen Ra, King Tuthmosis III, King Seti I, Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Meritamen, wife of King Amenhotep the First, and Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, wife of King Ahmose.

"In the gallery was the mummy of Ramses II".

A mummy is seen in a video screened during a ceremony of a transfer of Royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

"By doing it like this, with great pomp and circumstance, the mummies are getting their due", said Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist at the American University in Cairo.

For their procession through Cairo's streets, the mummies were placed in special containers filled with nitrogen, under conditions similar to their regular display cases.

Seqenenre Tao II, who reigned over Upper Egypt around 1,600 BCE, led the parade, while Ramses IX, who ruled in the 12th century BCE, brought up the rear.

The 22 mummies will be on display to the general public at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation for 15 days after the parade. "(Princess Margaret) closed her eyes and ran away, she couldn't stand" what she saw before her.

Overlooking Ain Al Sira in the heart of the historical city of Fustat near the Babylon Fortress, NMEC is one of the largest and most important archeology museums in the world, and the first to span the entirety of the Egyptian civilization. But the process was delayed by the Arab Spring revolution of 2011 and subsequent turmoil.

What sounds like the plot of a movie was part of a lavish celebration of Egypt's history and a project to relocate some of its greatest treasures to a new high tech facility.

A so-called "curse of the pharaoh" emerged in the wake of Tutankhamun's unearthing in 1922-23.

With the planned parade coming only days after several disasters struck Egypt, some have inevitably speculated on social media about a new curse provoked by the latest move.

That includes the crisis in the Suez Canal - which was blocked for almost a week by the container ship Ever Given - as well as a fatal train crash in Sohag province that killed almost 20, several fires and the collapse of an apartment building in Cairo that killed 18.

Both Hawass and Ikram were at pains to dispell any notion of a link between the mummies' parade and recent events. "It makes things far more dramatic".

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