Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anani said Sunday that the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade has dazzled the world and played a great role in promoting tourism to Egypt.
The parade, which took off from the famous Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in the heart of Cairo to the newly-built National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in the Fustat district of Old Cairo on the evening of April 3, has also contributed to boosting citizens’ awareness of their great ancient civilization, Anani said in a speech to a Tourism Ministry-organized ceremony to mark World Heritage Day.
Attending the ceremony were Cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, editors-in-chief as well as top writers, intellectuals, artists, archeologists and several public figures.
During the ceremony, Minister el-Anani said that the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization offers displays for several eras of the Egyptian civilization from pre-historic times to pharaonic, Christian and Muslim eras.
Minister el-Anani said that the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will continue to be open for Egyptian and foreign visitors, adding that the museum was inaugurated in 1902 and houses several archeological discoveries.
The minister added that there are now three key dates in the history of archeology which are the establishment of Egyptology in 1882, the discovery of Tutankhamun tomb in 1922 and the transfer of 22 mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the Egyptian National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in 2021.