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$1 Billion Grand Egyptian Museum Looks Out on Pyramids

$1 Billion Grand Egyptian Museum Looks Out on Pyramids
Wooden scaffolding was consumed in a fire at the construction site of the Grand Egyptian Museum on May 5. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:19 AM

The $1 billion Grand Egyptian Museum, expected to open at the end of the year near Cairo, will be the largest in the world dedicated to one civilization.

The 5.2-million-square-foot structure – with a large, glass front that reveals a panorama of the Giza plateau and Great Pyramids – will be home to some of the country's and the world's most prized relics, CNN reported.

"This will be the museum of the 21st century," Tarek Tawfik, the director general of the museum, told CNN. "All means of modern technology have been taken into consideration in order to make this an unforgettable experience for the visitor, but at the same time provide the best possible environment for the artifacts."

National Geographic magazine reported in January that the 83-ton, 30-foot high statue of Ramses II, some 3,200 years old, made its trek to the museum. Ramses II was the most powerful pharaoh of ancient Egypt during his reign from 1279 to 1213 B.C.

"To have a building that harmonizes well with these pyramids and provides, for the next generation of young Egyptians, a place where they can really get to know the roots of the civilization of their history – this is something fantastic," Tawfik told CNN.

The Ramses II statue joins thousands of other artifacts in the museum's collection, many revitalized by a slew of conservationists and archaeologists, a long overdue operation for a country with thousands of years of civilization to protect.

The Grand Egyptian Museum's specialized labs now make up one of the largest conservation centers in the world, CNN noted.

The museum replaces a structure that was originally built in 1902 and often compared to more of a "crowded storeroom than a museum," Public Radio International reported. The new museum expansive size will be equal to 10 soccer fields.

Egypt needed a museum "which would better protect, better present and better safeguard the treasures of ancient Egypt. At the same time, using modern technology and means of modern communication to make the antiquities much more accessible in an informative, enjoyable way," Tawfik told PRI.

The museum is one of several large projects the current Egyptian government has been pursuing since tourism tumbled during 2011's Arab Spring, including an extension to the Suez Canal and a new administrative capital, PRI said.

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The $1 billion Grand Egyptian Museum, expected to open at the end of the year near Cairo, will be the largest in the world dedicated to one civilization.
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