CAIRO, 5 April 2021 – Ancient mummies of Egypt’s royal pharaohs were led from their resting places Saturday and paraded through the streets of Cairo to a more modern high-tech home.

The mummies went from their old home at the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square to their new home, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Egypt’s first Islamic capital, al-Fustat.

The parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies heading to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization - Photo Mahmoud Khaled, AFP

Ancient Egyptian royal mummies head to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization – Photo Mahmoud Khaled, AFP

The mummies of Ramses the Great and 21 others were part of what officials called “The Pharaoh’s Golden Parade”.

Cairo Parade of the Mummies - Photo The Washington Post

Cairo Parade of the Mummies – Photo The Washington Post

Held last Saturday under the auspices of the Egyptian ministry of tourism and antiquities, the parade was organized as a “lavish celebration of Egypt’s history”.

Ahead of the parade, Egyptian President Sisi invited “all Egyptians and the whole world to follow this universal event – evoking the spirit of the great ancestors who preserved the homeland and created a civilization in which all humanity takes pride”.

He associated his administration with the progress made by his Egyptian ancestors, pledging that his administration is sticking on the same path: “the path of construction and humanity”.

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