83-ton Ramses II collossus moved to new home

Rameses in the main entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum. Photo by AFP.An 83-ton colossus of Pharaoh Ramses II wended its way at a snail’s pace from a Cairo storage facility to the atrium of the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. Moving the 3,200-year-old statue 1,200 feet from the warehouse to the shiny new museum was a logistical challenge because of its massive weight and its towering 30 feet of height. The solid granite monument required the construction of a custom rig to make the move possible while minimizing risk of damage. It was locked into a metal cage on two trailer beds and then slowly, slowly driven to its final destination accompanied by a phalanx of army engineers and contractors. The total cost for the move was an estimated $770,000.

Ramses on the move in custom rig. Photo by AFP.When it arrived, the statue was welcomed by a cheering crowds, government officials, press, assorted dignitaries and a military mounted escort and marching band. This video captures the sloooow movement of the great pharaoh’s colossus and its arrival at the new museum where he is welcomed by the military band. Our old friend Zahi Hawass is there too, declaring the transfer of the colossus “the most important cultural event in the world.”

Rameses stares down Cairo traffic. Photo by AFP.After his ouster as Antiquities Minister in the wake of the toppling of the Mubarak regime, Hawass had to lie low for a while (well, as low as he can) and had no involvement in any of Egypt’s many archaeological projects and missions that he once ruled with the kind of unquestioned control that Ramses II himself would recognize. Now he’s back in the game, charged with a high-profile Antiquities Ministry mission to look for the tomb of an 18th Dynasty pharaoh known as Ay who was King Tutankhamun’s successor.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is still under construction. The scheduled completion date is 2020, and Ramses II’s red granite colossus will be one of 100,000 Egyptian artifacts that will be on display in the 650,000-square-foot building in the shadow of the pyramids of Giza.

Share

RSS feed

6 Comments »

Comment by Ludovico Il Magnifico
2018-01-27 01:05:09

Great king, great news ! – I wonder what this procession -and the corresponding warehouse- would have looked like 3200 years ago.

:hattip:

 
Comment by Scott Glen Young
2018-01-27 10:45:03

Zahi Hawass is looking in the area of the tomb of Ay KV23. The tomb itself is well know.

 
Comment by Scott Glen Young
2018-01-27 13:17:07

PS This area is referred to as Wadi el-Gurud (Valley of the Monkeys or Baboons) and supposedly ground penetrating radar has produced some possible voids.

I really enjoy your blog. So much so that I stay up late to see your latest posting most nights. Thanks.

 
Comment by Susie Bar-Orian
2018-01-27 15:27:31

Ramses II is kind of cute….for a statue.
Hawass is always very enthusiastic about what is happening in Egypt. But that this is going to show the tourists that it is safe to come to Egypt, I have my doubts.

 
Comment by Dawn Martinez-Byrne
2018-01-27 19:20:34

I’m sure Ramses thinks they should have fussed more. Where’s the jet flyby’s? Well? He probably thinks he’s just going to have to settle for us heathens.

 
Comment by Roma
2018-01-27 22:56:53

Calling a moving of s statue “The most important cultural event in the world” is way too much. Hawass should really open his eyes and take a look around.

 
Name (required)
E-mail (required - never shown publicly)
URI

;) :yes: :thanks: :skull: :shifty: :p :ohnoes: :notworthy: :no: :love: :lol: :hattip: :giggle: :facepalm: :evil: :eek: :cry: :cool: :confused: :chicken: :boogie: :blush: :blankstare: :angry: :D :) :(

Your Comment (smaller size | larger size)

You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> in your comment.

Navigation

Search

Archives

August 2018
S M T W T F S
« Jul    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Other

Add to Technorati Favorites

Syndication