An ancient pharaonic boat taken to the great new Egyptian museum – Art & Culture
Cairo, Egypt ●
Sat 7 Aug 2021
Egypt has transported the intact solar boat of the Pharaoh Cheops dating back some 4,600 years to the country’s major museum which will soon be inaugurated, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on Saturday.
Solar boats were buried in pits next to royal burial chambers in the belief that they would transport the deceased to the afterlife.
The Great Pyramid of Cairo – also known as the Pyramid of Cheops – is the largest of the three pyramids at Giza and houses the Tomb of Khufu.
“After traversing the streets of Giza in a smart vehicle, King Cheops’ first boat discovered in 1954 at the southern corner of the Great Pyramid completed its long journey to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM),” says a press release from the ministry. noted.
The ship was commissioned by Khufu, a Fourth Dynasty monarch who ruled during the Old Kingdom.
The ministry boasted that the 42-meter (138-foot) long, 20-tonne solar boat is “the largest and oldest organic wooden artifact in human history.”
His journey in a special remote-controlled vehicle imported from Belgium began late Friday and lasted 10 hours, the official MENA news agency reported.
Egypt has touted the planned opening of the GEM on the Giza Plateau, home to the famous pyramids, as an important archaeological landmark housing its most valuable antiquities.
The ship was transported intact during its 7.5 kilometer journey and is expected to be one of the star exhibits when the new museum opens.
It had been exhibited near the Great Pyramid.
Egypt has pinned its hopes on a series of recent archaeological discoveries to revive its vital but struggling tourism sector which has suffered multiple shocks, from the 2011 uprising to today’s coronavirus pandemic.
In April, authorities moved the mummified remains of 22 pharaohs from Cairo’s iconic Egyptian Museum in a grand ceremony to the city’s National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.
In a carefully choreographed televised event, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi greeted the coffins which included the mummies of Ramesses II and Queen Hatshepsut.