As we were driving along to the cacophony of car horns we started to notice a trend of security, police and army stationed every 50 meters. Not only this but there were also huge cement barricades protecting key areas. It was a lot to take in while weaving in and out of traffic within inches of other vehicles. I don’t think we saw any vehicles without dents. I could see people arriving from long distances being overwhelmed by the craziness of it all. Turkey prepared us for the pandemonium of Cairo.
Upon entering the building all bags are scanned. This was a trend that we were becoming accustomed to (they do it at the hotel as well).
The museum was incredible. The artefacts were beautiful and plentiful. The downfall was the lack of information for most pieces with the exception of main pieces. More than 1 day would be useful for this museum because there is so much to see.
Everyone was getting tired so we made our way up to see the much anticipated King Tut gallery. There were no pictures allowed which was a bit disappointing. The exhibit was incredible. Shaun and I both wondered how Howard Carter (the fellow that discovered King Tuts tomb) must have felt when he uncovered this profound discovery. The amount of gold and the number of tombs that encased King Tut's mummy were mind blowing. The intricate carvings, jewellery, Canonic jars that held organs, and the 11 kilo helmut of gold were spectacular. We did pass up looking at the royal mummies and in hindsight, wish we had ventured in to see them. Hindsight is always 20/20.
Paige was in heaven seeing several items that were in her grade 7 social studies textbook (in the first term of Socials she was studying ancient Egypt). She was hoping that we would see a statue of a blue hippo and as we were making our way to the exit discovered the actual statue. By this time the camera and the GoPro were both dead oops!
In leaving the museum we were made to scan the bags again just like when we entered the museum. I sent my bag through the scanner and then walked through the metal detector. The security guard said to me "You have a rock in your bag"...... I blanked and then suddenly remembered the piece of terra cotta planter piece that Jordan picked up in Capadoccia and asked me to put in my bag........ I am so very lucky that the guard didn't take me to a side room for a more extensive search. Note to self, take all rocks out of my bag before we go to any museums where there are ancient artefacts.
|entrance to the Egyptian museum|
|scarab beetle at the entrance|
|this gives you an idea of how large the entrance doorway is|
|replica of the Rosetta Stone|
|statue of King Senwosret I when he was still alive (one leg in front of the other)|
|information about the above statue|
|amazing artefact with incredible hieroglyphics|
|first surviving colossal statue of the head of king Userkaf in red granite from the Vth Dynasty|
|large column of hieroglyphics|
|the sheer size of some of the items was incredible|
|this statue is a masterpiece of the private statuary of the Old Kingdom (5th Dynasty). It is know as Sheikh el-Balad made from Sycamore.|
|statue of King Chephren|
|taking a rest|
|limestone statue of Ty from his well know tomb in Saqqara|
|one of the eleven wooden statues of Mitri|
|group representing the dwarf Seneb, chief of the dwarfs|
|very cool statue|
|Paige in here element|
|Set and Horus|
|block statue of Hetep|
|a creepy/haunted statue.....|
|now there's craftsmanship|
|projection on the wall of an artefact|
|the artefact that was being projected on the wall|
|more artefacts in crates|
|huge statues in the centre of the museum|
|centre area of the museum|
|eye of Ra|
|Shabti's - servants for the afterlife|