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Old April 14th, 2011, 02:12 PM   #461
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THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

Opened in 1863, the Egyptian Museum is Egypt's first national museum of Pharaonic antiquities. It quickly outgrew two homes before settling in these premises in 1902. A bigger museum, due to open in 2012, is being built in Giza.

More than 120,000 items are on display here, with another 150,000 reputedly stored in the basement. Pride of the collection are the artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb, but there are great pieces from every period of ancient Egyptian history, from around 3100 BC, through to the Graeco-Roman Fayoum Portraits of the 2nd century AD.

For an extra fee, one of the must-see sections of the museum are the Royal Mummy rooms. In respectful silence, 22 mummies lie in chronological order, divided between two rooms






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The main gate viewed from inside... Queuing outside this gate to enter the museum complex will test your patience.

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Photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum so everyone should be contented with taking photos of outside exhibits of ancient Egyptian relics.





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The Frenchman, Auguste Mariette, founded the Egyptian Museum, earning him a permanent monument within the museum complex.



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To get inside the museum tests someone's patience again, by going through the long queue once more.







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MIDAN TALAAT HARB

Midan Talaat Harb is a Central Cairo square where two of the city's major streets, the Sharia Talaat Harb and Sharia Qasr El Nil, meet and crosses.



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At the center of the square is the statue of Talaat Harb, founder of the National Bank.





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Surrounding Midan Talaat Harb are some grand architecture, where Parisian-style buildings dwarf the statue of Talaat Harb.





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