Major traveling exhibition ‘Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ opened in Paris Friday
The major traveling exhibition “Ramses
and the Gold of the Pharaohs” showcasing the sarcophagus of Ramses II among
many of Ancient Egypt’s greatest treasures opens in Paris on Friday at the
Grande Halle de la Villette. The sarcophagus of Ramses II displays for the
first time in Paris in nearly 50 years.
Tourism Minister Ahmed Issa said
145,000 tickets were sold so far ahead of the official opening of the
exhibition in the French capital before moving on to its next destination,
In a press conference Thursday, the
minister said the exhibition will continue for five months, expecting the event
to draw more visitors than King Tut exhibition that attracted 1.42 million
visitors in 2019.
Displaying more than 180 dazzling
Egyptian artifacts, the touring exhibition features exquisite sculptures,
precious treasures, and state-of-the-art multimedia reproductions that
demonstrate the opulence and beauty of ancient Egyptian civilization.
The exhibition was first inaugurated in
November 2021 at its first location in Houston, it was then displayed at the
city of San Francisco in August 2022, Issa said.
The journey will begin with a film that
presents impressive panoramic views, followed by a detailed exploration of the
life of King Ramses, and the famous rediscovery in 1881 of a hidden cache in
the Theban necropolis in which lay Ramses and several other royal mummies.
The exhibition will also offer a
virtual reality tour of the fabulous temple of Abu Simbel and the tomb of
Nefertari, he added. Some of the objects are over 3,000
years old and are being exhibited for the first time outside Egypt, the