A grand parade conveyed 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies in special capsules across the capital Cairo to a new museum where they can be displayed in greater splendor.
The convoy transported 18 kings and four queens from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, about five kilometers to the southeast.
Authorities shut down roads along the Nile for the elaborate ceremony, designed to drum up interest in Egypt’s rich collections of antiquities when tourism has almost entirely stalled due to COVID-19 related restrictions.
As the mummies arrived at the museum, officially inaugurated on April 3, cannons fired a 21-gun salute. Egypt’s president stood by as the mummies filed past on vehicles bedecked with golden pharaonic motifs.
The heads of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization were also present at the ceremony.