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    Egyptian museums now also in Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh

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    (ANSA) – CAIRO, DEC 17 – Egypt has been enriched in the last two years with some new museums opened in tourist resorts such as Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh and even at the Cairo airport, without counting one under construction at the New administrative capital rising east of the megalopolis. This was underlined by Moamen Othman, the head of the Museums Department of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism, speaking at a concluding online session of the high-level international seminar “Cultural Heritage: from the midst of war to the brink of peace”.

    By implicitly providing ideas for tourists who wanted to enrich their vacation on the Red Sea without limiting them only to the sea and tropical fish, yesterday Othman illustrated the offer of the Hurghada museum, opened for the “first time” thanks to a collaboration between public and private and structured not in a chronological way but in a “thematic” way: the focus in this case is on “beauty” in Egyptian civilization, from the Pharonic to the modern one, he underlined, taking as an example a portrait of a woman from the Fayyum.

    Statuettes of sacred animals including many cats, “solar boats” for the journey to the afterlife and – for six months – ten “masterpieces” from Tutanhamun’s treasure, stand out in the museum of another pearl of Egyptian seaside tourism, Sharm El Sheikh , as emerged from the intervention of the senior official at a session organized by the Embassy of Italy in Cairo.

    In Kafr el Sheikh, on the Nile delta east of Alexandria, another museum has been opened in which “many artifacts” tell the “legend of Horus and Seth”, Othman also pointed out, referring to a central myth of all Egyptian religiosity. .

    In the presentation that closed the two days of a seminar organized by the La Sapienza University of Rome and the Canadian University McGill, the Egyptian executive also mentioned a museum of carriages opened in Cairo. In the capital, the Egyptian Civilization Museum has also recently opened, which in April welcomed 23 faronic mummies moved from the one in Tahrir Square in a spectacular parade broadcast on TV.

    For the use of tourists in transit, museums of Egyptian antiquities have also been opened in terminals 2 and 3 of the Cairo international airport: they can be visited in just “20 minutes”, said Othman, envisaging a cultural alternative to duty free.

    “The importance of authority” will be a dominant theme of a museum under construction in the new capital, the manager anticipated, referring to the city under construction 45 km east of Cairo to house ministries and other institutions, easing the burden of the congested metropolis.

    The session was moderated by the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo, Davide Scalmani, and also saw the interventions of the deputy Gihane Zaki, former Director of the Academy of Egypt in Rome, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Italy in Cairo, Pietro Vacanti Perco.


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