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Author Topic: THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM AT GIZA (That Tutankhamen Built)  (Read 3089 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2009, 07:42:00 am »

With more than 5,000 years of civilisation compressed into a narrow strip of fertile land, Egypt is the regional doyenne of heritage tourism and the first to experience its worst effects.

Temples in Luxor still bear the graffiti of European visitors from the 18th and 19th centuries. With nearly five years to go until the Grand Egyptian Museum opens, the task is to prevent any further damage.

Security has been redoubled on Egypt’s network of antiquities warehouses, a common target for thieves. Their contents are now being catalogued, as are the thousands of items gathering dust in the basements of the stately but shabby national museum in downtown Cairo, built in 1902.

“The museum is very important for the preservation of Egypt’s heritage,” says Dr Hawass. “It will be the first time that objects such as the King Tut collection will be shown in such a beautiful way.”

Many of the items destined for the Giza museum have not been seen in public since they were excavated more than a century ago.

“The new museum is one of the best ways of preserving these antiquities and showing them to the people at the same time,” says Prof Shaheen. “Our hope is it will be the greatest museum in the world.”
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