Egyptian mummies move to new home

A procession of royal mummies has taken place across the Egyptian capital of Cairo as they were moved to a new museum.

The mummies of 18 kings and four queens were transported in a special convoy Saturday night from the Egyptian Museum to the newly-opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in the city.

The mummies, which are more than 3,000 years old, were placed in special climate-controlled capsules.

Each mummy was carried on a custom-made vehicle which looked like a royal coffin.

A group of people in ancient costumes led the procession. They moved slowly for about 5 kilometers through a street that had been closed to other traffic.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was at the new museum to welcome them.

The mummies will be put on display to the general public in about 2 weeks.

Another new museum is to open this year in Egypt.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is under construction with Japanese aid in Giza outside Cairo.

Tourism is an important source of income for Egypt but it has suffered a heavy blow from the coronavirus pandemic. The government is hoping that the grand parade of mummies will help to attract tourists and revive the industry.