A parade of the most unique kind took place earlier this month, as Cairo saw the remains of several past pharaohs grace its streets.
Nicknamed the Pharaoh’s Golden Parade, the special procession included 22 caskets containing the preserved bodies of 18 kings, alongside four other royals.
The mummified group travelled 4 miles, from the city’s Eygptian Museum to their new home at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.
The pharoahs journeyed in order of age, with Seqenenre Tao II, “The Brave”, from around 1600 BC leading the motorcade. The final chariot hosted the body of Ramses IX, whose reign occurred in the 12th century.
Among them was also the famed Ramses II, otherwise known as Ozymandias, as well as Queen Hatshepsput, one of the country’s sole female pharaohs.
Each noble was placed in a nitrogen-filled container, in conditions similar to that of their usual display cases.
These containers were then transported within specially-designed carts, in what was a brilliant display of traditional Egyptian glamour.
The golden carriages were also fitted with shock absorbers in preparation of the 40 minute trip, and authorities cleared the streets of the capital to make way for the precious cargoes.
Guards on horses alongside Egyptian singers and celebrities followed the convoy, which was streamed live.
“This majestic scene is a new evidence of the greatness of this people, the guarding of this unique civilization that extends into the depths of history”, tweeted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who waited to welcome the mummies at their new resting place.
Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany also praised the parade, as “a unique global event that will not be repeated”.
The 2011 political uprising and current pandemic have caused a huge decline to the country’s tourism. However, the authenticity and originality showcased by the pharoahs’ parade is sure to grab the intrigue of many around the world.
The country’s ancient history alone is enough to deserve our attention. This, combined with its rich culture, remarkable architecture and modern vibrancy makes it a destination truly worthy of a comeback.