Cairo’s Oldest Museum Has Opened A New Wing, The Star There Is The Book Of Dead With 113 Spells

by Mallika Khurana
Cairo’s Oldest Museum Has Opened A New Wing, The Star There Is The Book Of Dead With 113 Spells

In order to increase tourism—a prime source of foreign coins for the cash-strapped North African nation—Egypt frequently publicly celebrates its ancient discoveries. Following the same tradition, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt unveiled and newly renovated wing of the oldest museum in Cairo. The unveiling has gathered a lot of attention and for all the right reasons. Around 113 spells from the Book of the Dead can be found in the Waziry Papyrus, which serves as the main attraction of the inauguration.

Egypt’s Ministry Of Tourism And Antiquities Unveiled A Renovated Wing

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At the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, there is a display of a portion of the 16-meter-long Waziri-1 Papyrus. It has writings from the Book of the Dead that dates back to 50 BC. The first phase of a more extensive replenishment programme for the opulent structure was presented by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities with the opening of a new wing within its 120-year-old museum. 

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The Waziry Papyrus Was The Centerpiece Of The Unveiling

An extensive rehabilitation programme has started at the downtown Cairo royal complex, which dates back 120 years. The renovation is just the first phase. The centrepiece of Monday’s unveiling, the Waziry Papyrus, contains approximately 113 Book of the Dead spells. New interior lighting and contemporary glass protection have also been added to the museum.

Ahmed Eissa, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, presided over the opening ceremony for the new wing.

Egypt has been making a cutting-edge museum close to the pyramids for well over ten years. It will eventually store ancient artefacts that would be hard to count. The Grand Egyptian Museum currently costs more than $1 billion, and the opening date has been postponed numerous times.

Egypt often makes public mention of its ancient finds in an effort to increase tourism, the country’s main source of foreign income. After the political unrest and violence that came after a 2011 uprising, the industry experienced a protracted downturn.

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