Procession of royal mummies … an unprecedented display of the kings of ancient Egypt in the streets of Cairo


Atlanta, United States (CNN) – The streets of Cairo witness, on Saturday evening, an unprecedented procession in celebration of the transfer of 22 mummies of the kings of ancient Egypt, including 18 kings and four queens, from their current location in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, to their new location in The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, located in the first Islamic capital in Egypt, Fustat.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay is attending this historic event with the delegation and Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization Zurab Polokashvili.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Tourism, Soha Bahgat, said that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will arrive at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to receive royal mummies.

The 22 mummies taking part in the parade were discovered in two bunkers. It was discovered for the first time in 1881 in Deir el-Bahri in the West Bank of Luxor, in Cemetery TT320.

And the eighteen kings, they are: Seqnen Ra, Ahmose the first, Amenhotep the first, Thutmose I, II, and the fourth, Seti the first and second, Ramses II and the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth, Amenhotep the second and the third, and Merenptah.

The four queens are: Ahmose-Nefertari, Queen T, Merit Amun, and Hatshepsut.

The parade will be saluted with 21 rounds, which will be joined by a military squad. The mummies will be transported via a specially decorated chariot with their names written in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs as well as in Arabic.

The procession route will pass between the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in the Fustat district.

Several channels will provide direct coverage of the parade, especially the Egyptian channels. You can also watch the events on the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities official YouTube channel:

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