In Photos: Belarusian PM explores ancient Egypt wonders at Giza Pyramids, civilization museum

Amr Kandil , Wednesday 1 May 2024

Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko did not miss out on delving into Egypt's ancient riches at the Giza Pyramids Plateau, the only remaining example of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) during his visit to Cairo for high-level economic consultations.

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Standing amid the gigantic arms of the Great Sphinx of Giza on Tuesday, Golovchenko faced the visage of King Khafre, believed to depict a lion-bodied statue.

Experts explained to him the Sphinx's history, including its fascinating 4,500-year-age limestone structure (known as Abu Al-Hol) and the intricacies of the surrounding archaeological area at the Giza Plateau.

The prime minister learned about the monumental craftsmanship behind the Sphinx, a colossal figure measuring 73 metres long and 20 metres high, masterfully carved by the pharaohs. 



Moreover, Golovchenko ventured inside the Great Pyramid of King Khufu, a towering ancient landmark from the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

This pyramid, rising about 140 metres in height with a base spanning around 230 metres, is not only Egypt's largest pyramid but also the oldest among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.



Golovchenko expressed his admiration for the ancient Egyptian civilization and posed questions about the Great Pyramid's construction and King Khufu's history.

He also took the opportunity to capture photographs of himself in the historical site that attracts millions of tourists from around the globe to marvel at its captivating landmarks.

Belarusian tourists, in particular, flock to Egypt in large numbers, with their visits exceeding 100,000 in 2023, according to Belarusian Ambassador to Egypt Sergi Terentiev.



Another notable visit for Golovchenko was to the NMEC. Although recently established in 2021, the museum houses must-see treasures and is rapidly gaining popularity.

The museum houses ancient artifacts and serves as the new home for 22 royal mummies.

Inside the museum, Golovchenko explored the Mummies Hall, which showcases mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens, and the textiles hall.

Museum officials provided the Belarusian PM with detailed insights into its establishment and unique collection of historical artifacts, vividly depicting the ancient Egyptian civilization throughout the ages.



NMEC's Managing Executive Director Ahmed Ghoneim presented Golovchenko with a souvenir to commemorate his visit.

Impressed by the museum's portrayal of Egyptian life and heritage across ages, Golovchenko opted for the museum’s guestbook to express his appreciation for the warm hospitality and admiration for the ancient Egyptian civilization.



Golovchenko’s visit to Egypt is the first ever by a Belarusian PM, aiming to strengthen economic relations between both countries.

On Tuesday, he attended the signing of a cache of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to advance bilateral trade and investments with Egypt.

PM Golovchenko, PM Mostafa Madbouly, and relevant ministers and business figures attended the Egypt-Belarus Business Forum in the New Administrative Capital.

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