Workers prepare for transferring 22 mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, amidst the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo, Egypt. AP
Egypt said it will temporarily shut down on Saturday evening a number of major roads and bridges in Cairo for the anticipated royal Egyptian mummy parade.
According to a statement by the interior ministry, several roads will be shut down to vehicles and pedestrians on Saturday from 6pm to 8:30pm, including major entry points to the iconic Tahrir Square and its Sadat metro station.
Entry and exit points to Tahrir Square, including those from 6 October Bridge and 15 May Bridge, will be closed, the ministry said, adding that Qasr El-Nil Bridge, El-Gamaa Bridge, Abbas Bridge and Misr-Helwan Road will also be shut down.
The ministry also said that Tahrir’s Sadat metro station will be closed from 12pm to 9pm on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly checked final preparations on Thursday for the parade, inspecting the parade route from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in Fustat.
He ensured the completion of ornamental work and other related elements along the route, especially in the Downtown area. Madbouly said that Egypt is preparing for an event that is rare in history.
Twenty-two royal Egyptian mummies are set to be transferred to the NMEC in a much-awaited parade in the streets of Cairo on 3 April.
The royal mummies, along with 17 royal sarcophagi from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties, will be transported to the museum, including 18 mummies of kings and four of queens.
The mummies include those of kings Ramses II, Seti I, Seqnenre, and Tuthmoses III, as well as queens Hatshepsut, Meritamun, the wife of King Amenhotep I, and Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of King Ahmose.
The royal procession will take spectators back to the ancient Egyptian period, when kings and queens were transported to their tombs and the afterlife.
The royal mummies will be transported on the Nile and will then be accompanied by chariots and horses.