Massive statue of Ramses II moved to the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum

An 11-metre-high and 3200-year-old Egyptian statue underwent a large transfer to deliver it to its new home on the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in November.

The 3200-year-old colossal statue of King Ramses II is seen throughout its switch to the principle entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s twin metropolis Giza on 25 January. Image by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images

The colossal statue of King Ramses II – which weighs greater than 80 tonnes – would be the first artefact positioned on the museum, the place it can sit within the grand entrance corridor. It marks progress on the creation of the museum, which is able to see the Grand Atrium, the Grand Staircase and the Tutankhamun Hall open later this 12 months. The museum will include roughly 100,000 relics inside what’s being described because the world’s largest archaeological museum, situated solely two kilometres from the Giza pyramids.

The statue was rediscovered on the Mit Rahina archaeological web site within the early 1800s by Italian adventurer Giovanni Caviglia. Since then, the huge statue has been moved 4 instances across the nation – however the newest enterprise will deliver it to its new location. This newest transfer solely took the statue simply over 1000 ft from a brief web site in Giza, to what can be its new everlasting home.

The statue of Ramses II. Image by

The statue depicts Ramses III, the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt, who took the throne in 1279 BC. He dominated for 66 years earlier than dying in 1213 BC. The celebrated pharaoh oversaw plenty of development in Egypt, equivalent to Ramesseum, his personal huge memorial and funerary advanced.

The Grand Egyptian Museum can be situated on 120 acres of land about two kilometers from the Giza pyramids. There is a few info to be found on the official web site.

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