In show of Pharaonic heritage, Egypt parades royal mummies

Parade of Mummies in Cairo
Posted at 5:53 AM, Apr 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 07:54:01-04

CAIRO — Egypt held a gala parade Saturday in celebration of the transport of 22 of its prized royal mummies from central Cairo to their new resting place in a massive new museum further south in the capital.

The ceremony, designed to showcase the country’s rich heritage, snaked along the Nile corniche on Saturday from the Egyptian Museum overlooking Tahrir Square, to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in the Fustat neighborhood, where Egypt’s first Islamic capital was located.

The mummies were transported in climate-controlled cases loaded onto trucks decorated with wings and pharaonic design for the hour-long journey from their previous home in the older, Egyptian Museum.