- Cairo Museum -
Expedition is organized by: the member of ISIDA Project team - Michael M. Bichay.
Photo-report is prepared by: Michael M. Bichay, Olga Kozlova, Alexey Kruzer, Valery Senmuth
The ISIDA Project Administration would like to express sincere gratitude to our friend and partner - Michael M. Bichay for organization of the expedition and sharing the material with our readers.
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains the unique collection of Ancient Egyptian antiquities. The original collection was established in the late XIXth century by the one of the early pioneers of Egyptology - Auguste Mariette (February 11, 1821 – January 19, 1881), who became famous for his discoveries at Saqqara, the vast, ancient burial ground in Memphis, capital of Ancient Egypt as well as in Abydos, Karnak, Dendera, Edfu, Deir el-Bahri, Tanis and Gebel Barkalaja. For his archeological works he was supported by the Egyptian government under Muhammad Ali and his successor Ismail Pasha, who in 1858 created a position for him as the conservator of Egyptian monuments.
At the beginning of it's history, Egyptian Museum was housed in Boulaq. In 1891 the objects were moved to the palace of Ismail Pasha in Giza, and in 1902 were transferred to the current building at the Tahrir Square. It was built during the reign of Khedive Abbass Helmi II in 1897, and opened on November 15, 1902.
Designed in the Neoclassical style by Marcel Dourgnon, the Egyptian Museum has 107 halls, filled with artifacts dating from the prehistoric times up to the Roman periods. The majority of collection is focused on the Pharaonic era. The museum houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of the Great Egyptian History.
Every object - a statue, a sarcofagus ar even the smallest pendant or earring has its own long history and deserves a detailed study and careful report. Here we shall not go into the details of describtion of each of them. We just will show our readers the general picture of the Historical Treasures, which in all their chronology and combination are represent the History of the Craddle of Civilization.
King Ramesess mummy.
We had showed you a very small part of the precious historical relics, stored in Egyptian Museum. The Museum is waiting for its visitors and is always ready to take all of us far away into the Great Egyptian Past.
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