The evocation of Egypt resounds in a very particular way for each one of us. It is a country that once reigned over the East, built the enigmatic pyramids with such a modern design and fills our imaginations of schoolchildren with mysteries, secret tombs containing forgotten treasures.
Gold and mystery is not what the traveller will find when he sets foot on Egyptian soil. But it is much better
Strange as it may seem, the ruins that have crossed the millennia to arrive until today have lost none of their bewitching power. They remain works from another world. They dominate everything that was created after them.
They are the source of many passions and dreams. Nothing can really compare to this perfect beauty, these perfectly balanced lines, this precise, lively style. The harmony that still emanates from these masterpieces, this power imbued with mystery cannot leave anyone indifferent.
After all these years of research, ancient Egypt remains hermetic. Carbon dating will never give the key to the enigma: where did they find these pure forms, these supple and firm curves, this line, this perfect beauty? Never surpassed, the Egyptian heritage makes a mockery of the crawling, filthy city that covers the outskirts of Cairo or Luxor. Nothing detracts from the majesty of ancient Egypt, its aura of treasure. Nothing.
The gods invite the traveller to dream: Keops, Tutankamon, Nefertiti look at men, frozen in their eternal beauty
The Pyramids of Giza are so famous that they alone embody the country. Yes, they are impressive, yet there are other Egyptian monuments that will leave a lasting impression on the traveller. Karnak and its incredible columns, its bas-reliefs of a victorious pharaoh radiating strength and glory, the temple of Luxor and its guardians are spectacles that inundate silence and respect.
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is a must, but not only for the antiques it contains
The Egyptian Museum of 2019, still located in Tahir Square, is a compendium of the past greatness of ancient Egypt and the souk-binz-bazaar of today. The superb building that houses the precious treasures is filled like a popular antique shop. Everything is piled up there as if in a hurry. The thousand-year-old papyrus trees are sunbathing, the glass cases protecting the delicate sarcophagi are cracked, taped, shaky. Visitors, not all of whom are educated, touch the statues, unscrupulously touch the beak of Horus, the breasts of the Sphinx and the beard of Akhenaten.
There are so many artefacts that the visitor is at a loss for words. There is no free space on the walls or on the floor. The imposing statues sometimes climb up to the ceiling. It feels as if you are in an antique shop in the XXL souk.
In 2021, the new museum in Cairo is due to open its doors. It is said to be so large that it is already being compared to an airport. It will therefore be modern and give the museum’s guests the space and grandeur they deserve, Inshallah!
Will it be as endearing as the old one, in its 1900’s architecture, close to the Nile in the heart of Cairo’s bustling life? No one can say because this new titanic museum has been longed for since… 8 years.
Its opening was announced in 2015, then in 2018, then in 2021.
Pharaonic, it is the case to say it, the project is constantly falling behind schedule. We’re talking about more than 5000 workers on the job and a budget which is exploding. Let’s hope that these investments will be equal to the result. But in the land of excess, anything is possible!