The impressive Egyptian Museum

Trip Start Jan 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Located in the heart of Cairo, the Egyptian Museum is the largest of Egyptian antiquities museums from all over the world and I was fortunate to be here in person to see it by myself.  Cameras weren't allowed inside the building however pictures could be taken outside.  I was quite disappointed but nothing could be done.

Michel and I with the rest of the group followed our Tour Director inside the museum.  Having over 250,000 antique pieces covering the whole history of ancient Egypt extending over the past five thousand years, one can spend hours inside the museum and not have the time to see everything!  

As for us, since we only had a few hours, selected sections of the museum were visited in which Akram provided us with many, many details.  We were then given a certain amount time to explore the floors by ourselves in which Michel and I directly went to one the most stunning collection, the King Tut-Ankh-Amon, better known as King Tut, collection.

Standing right in front of the famous King Tut’s mask, which was locked under a transparent glass box, I looked directly into its golden eyes and tried to see if I could capture or sense any feeling from it!  As the golden mask was shining magnificently under the soft light, every little details of it was scrutinized for several minutes while thinking how advanced the people back then must have been to have fabricated such a masterpiece!  The colours, the shape everything about it was perfect to my eyes!  King Tut, forever in my mind!

After completing our wandering around of several other pieces in the King Tut's collection, Michel and I looked at other collections and once satisfied of having seen what we wanted to see, we made our way outside the building in order to explore the exterior's grounds.

In front of the museum a small decorative pool filled with lotuses and papyrus plants complimented the landscape as well as several Egyptian sculptures.   Little souvenirs were purchased, one of them being a small, well, very, very small replica of my King Tut's mask!

Thankful for having visited the Egyptian Museum.

Monique   :-)
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