The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is launching an initiative in collaboration with its partners from scientific and archaeological institutes under the slogan: “Experience Egypt from Home. Stay Home. Stay Safe”. This initiative is a series of virtual reality tours for museums and archaeological sites in Egypt enabling people to get the experience to enjoy visiting the ancient Egyptian monuments from the whole world during their stay at home due to the confinement within the precautionary measures taken to fight Coronavirus.

These tours will be available on the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ official website and Social Media platforms such as (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Experience Egypt).

1 – The first tour from these virtual reality tours displays The Tomb of Menna that is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful tombs of the nobles in Theban Necropolis dating back to the 18th Dynasty. This tour is launched in cooperation between The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the American Research Center in Cairo. For enjoying this tour about Menna’s tomb visit this link: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=vLYoS66CWpk

2 – The second tour explores the tomb of Queen Meresankh III “the granddaughter of King Cheops”. Queen Meresankh III was buried in Giza Necropolis. This tomb distinguishes with unique scenes represented Queen Meresankh III, members of the royal family, and servants. This tour is launched in cooperation between The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and Harvard Semitic Museum – Harvard University.  For enjoying this tour about the tomb of Queen Meresankh III visit this link: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=d42fuVA21To

3 – The third tour is about The Red Monastery in Sohag. This monastery is considered one of the most important and beautiful monasteries constructed during the Christian period in Egypt. It was established by Saint Bishoy in the 4th century AD. It is called the Red Monastery due to the red bricks used in the construction.  This tour is launched in cooperation between The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the American Research Center in Cairo. For enjoying this tour about The Red Monastery in Sohag visit this link:  https://bit.ly/2kXnpqg

4 – The fourth tour is about the Mosque, Madrassa (School) and Khanqa of Sultan Barquq. This madrassa is considered as one of the Islamic architectural marvels in Al-Mu’izz Street. This school was for teaching the four Islamic legal schools and contained a mosque and Sufi khanqa, and rooms for students. For enjoying this tour about the Mosque, Madrassa (School) and Khanqa of Sultan Barquq visit this link:  https://bit.ly/2kt9iZ

5 – This fifth virtual tour is for Ben Ezra Synagogue in Coptic Cairo in Mare Girgis Street. Originally this Synagogue was a Christian church known as the al-Shamma’in Church, but Abraham Ben Ezra bought it in 882 AD for 20,000 dinars for the Jewish community in Egypt. It was built on the basilica style. It consists of two floors. The first floor was dedicated to men, while the second one was dedicated to women. It had unique books but they were moved to Cambridge University. For enjoying this tour about Ben Ezra Synagogue visit this link: https://bit.ly/2lErBv1

6 – The sixth virtual tour will explore Beni Hasan Necropolis in Minya Governorate. Beni Hasan tombs were carved in a hill. Most of these tombs of powerful administrators date from the sixth dynasty, old kingdom to the twelfth dynasty, the middle kingdom. This tour is launched in cooperation between The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. Enjoy the virtual tour for the beautifully painted tomb of Kheti from this link: https://bit.ly/2kuMcBU

7 – The seventh tour is about The Catacombs of Alexandria. The catacombs of Alexandria aka Kom al-Shuqafa tombs are one of the most preserved and amazing monuments in Egypt dating back to the Greco-Roman period. The catacombs consist of three floors underground attached through the spiral staircase. It indicates to the mixture that was happened between the ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations. This tour is made in cooperation between The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.  For enjoying this tour for the catacombs, Visit this link: https://bit.ly/2mumm1E

8 – The eighth virtual tour will take you to a unique place in Egypt. It is the tomb of Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb of Ramses VI is one of the most fascinating tombs dating back to the ancient Egyptian civilization during the 20th dynasty. This tomb distinguishes with its best-preserved religious decorations for the Book of Gates, Book of Caverns, the Amduat, and the Book of the Dead that help the dead king during his journey to the afterlife. This tour is made in cooperation between The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.  For enjoying this tour for the tomb of Ramses VI through this link: https://bit.ly/2kLfhJD

9 – The Ninth virtual is launched by cooperation between The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and NAV3D about the Coptic Museum.  The Coptic Museumwas founded by Marcus Simaika Pasha in 1910 to be the largest museum containing Christian collection in whole the world. It is located in Old Cairo beside the Hanging Church. This museum distinguishes with its facade that taking the same design of Al Aqmar Mosque façade. Enjoy this tour through this link: https://mpembed.com/show/?m=yMMHWqMJZbY&mpu=497

10 – The Zoological Museum can be considered as the first museum in Egypt and the Middle East displaying mummified animals, birds, and reptiles. It was constructed in 1906 to displaying rare Khedive Farouk animals. The Ministry Of Agriculture and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities cooperate to publish this virtual tour about the zoological museum in Giza Zoo.  Explore this unique museum from this link: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=t4bfsRUsXEK&help=2&play=1

11 – The tomb of Wahty is one of the great excavations in Saqqara Necropolis. This tomb has a great significance as it explaining how ancient Egyptian care with preventing diseases and using all available disinfection and sterilization tools, such as water, oils, and perfumes. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities offered this virtual tour in cooperation with NAV3D Company. Discover this amazing tomb with this link: https://my.matterport.com/show/…

12 – The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and NAV3D Company made this virtual reality tour exploring the tomb of Mehu at Saqqara. Mehu was chief justice and vizier in the 6th dynasty, old kingdom during King Teti period. This tomb holds amazing reliefs showing daily life activities as metalworking, harvesting, baking, fishing with nets, and scenes of offerings and gardening. Visit this tomb from this link: https://my.matterport.com/show/…

13 – A new virtual reality tour is provided due to cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and NAV3D. This tour shows the tomb of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep in Saqqara AKA the tomb of the Two Brothers. They were officials, hairdressers, and priests in the sun temple in the 5th dynasty, old kingdom during King Nyuserra period.  This tomb was divided into two parts: the first part is the free-standing structure made of limestone, while the second is cut into the rock. Explore this tomb through this link: https://my.matterport.com/show/…

14– Explore some of the treasures of the Egyptian Museum interpreted through these guided video tours. Enjoy these tours through these links:

Enjoy our first guided video tour at the Egyptian Museum in TahrirToday will show two artifacts the Colossal statue of King Akhenaten and the Head of his wife Queen NefertitiThis colossus of Akhenaten is carved of sandstone. It is one of a series that represents the King that once stood in front of the pillars of a temple to the god Aten just east of Karnak.It depicts the king holding the crook and the flail, symbols of kingship. They are characteristic of the early reign of Akhenaten, representing him with exaggerated features including narrow shoulders, a prominent belly, full hips, thin arms, and a very distinctive long face with a long nose, narrow, oblique eyes, and full lips. Statue of NefertitiAlthough unfinished, this quartzite statue of Nefertiti is remarkable. It was discovered in the workshop of Thutmose, a sculptor in Akhetaten (modern Tell al-Amarna), who must have been a master of his craft. The statue bears the powerful queen’s elegant features.Thanks to both tour guides Fatma Abdala and Walid Al-Batouty for their volunteering and Media Hub group for the production ‏‎‏#StayHome‏‎‏#StaySafe‏‎‏#ExperienceEgyptFromHome

Posted by ‎Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار‎ on Thursday, 9 April 2020

Enjoy our second guided video tour at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. Today will show the Statuette of Niankhpepy’s Servant. Thanks to both tour guides Fatma Abdala and Walid Al-Batouty for their volunteering and Media Hub group for the production. ‎‏‎‏#StayHome‎‏‎‏#StaySafe‎‏‎‏#ExperienceEgyptFromHome

Posted by ‎Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار‎ on Friday, 10 April 2020

Enjoy our third guided video tour at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. Today will show the Gold Collar of Psusennes I.Thanks to both tour guides Fatma Abdala and Walid Al-Batouty for their volunteering and Media Hub group for the production. ‎‏‎‏#StayHome‎‏‎‏#StaySafe‎‏‎‏#ExperienceEgyptFromHome

Posted by ‎Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار‎ on Saturday, 11 April 2020

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is launching a new guided video tour for Narmer Palette. It is made of green schist and it is 64 cm high and 42 cm wide. It was discovered in the remains of an Old Kingdom temple complex in Hierakonpolis (modern Kom al-Ahmar) near Edfu, and dates to the beginning of the First Dynasty (c.3100 BC)—to the dawn of Egyptian civilization. Although this object is, in form, a cosmetic palette, it was ceremonial, and was never actually used for cosmetics. In the center of the front side, two fierce feline fantastic animals with long necks are being brought under control, symbolizing a recent historical event of the utmost significance that had recently taken place: the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt into the world’s oldest nation state—Egypt. In the top register, the king, wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt, is marching in a victory procession, while before him lie his beheaded enemies. In the lower register, the king, as a bull, is destroying a walled city. On the back side of the palette the king, wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt, is about to smite a Lower Egyptian enemy chief with a mace while, before him, his ancestor, the god Horus, dominates a personification of the land of Lower Egypt.‏‎‏#StayHome‏‎‏#StaySafe‏‎‏#ExperienceEgyptFromHome

Posted by ‎Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار‎ on Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Enjoy our guided video tours for Vase in the Shape of a Trussed GooseThis curious 65-centimetre tall alabaster vase is shaped like a trussed goose with its feathers plucked. Its wings and legs can be clearly seen on the its sides, whereas its curled neck and head creatively form its rim. It was discovered in 1935 in one of the underground galleries beneath the Step Pyramid of King Djoser (c.2667–2648 BC) in Saqqara. The shape of the vase suggests that it may have been used to store goose oil, or perhaps even dried up goose for consumption in the afterlife. It is one of many stone vases and fragments of vases discovered in the Step Pyramid’s substructure. Many of these were discovered in the same and in other galleries as the trussed goose vase bear names of kings. Interestingly, even though Djoser was a king of the Third Dynasty, these are the names of kings from the preceding Second Dynasty (c.2890–2686 BC). It is believed that Djoser wished to keep his predecessors’ possessions safe by collecting them and storing them in his house for eternity—his tomb. In doing so, he thus forever associated himself with his ancestors. ‏‎‏#StayHome‏‎‏#StaySafe‏‎‏#ExperienceEgyptFromHome

Posted by ‎Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار‎ on Thursday, 16 April 2020

Enjoy our guided video tours for the Triad of Menkaure. This statue, described as a triad because it depicts three figures, shows two deities on either side of King Menkaure (c.2532–2503 BC), the builder of the third pyramid in Giza, who is also known as Mykerinos. He is depicted young and in perfect shape, embodying the ideal of male form during the Old Kingdom. On his right-hand side is a female figure with a sun disk on her head between cow horns. This is Hathor, the goddess of love, music, and motherhood. With her youth and graceful proportions, she represents the ideal of female beauty during this period. On the king’s left-hand side is a short male deity. The standard on his head identifies him as a personification of province of the city of Thebes (modern Luxor). This statue is a masterpiece of ancient Egyptian art. The composition is symmetrical without being identical, and each individual figure is elegant, yet powerful. The attention to anatomical detail and the mastery of its execution are evident in the king’s clavicle, knees, and forearms, and in the rendering of Hathor’s tight-fitting dress. This statue is one of a series commissioned by Menkaure, in which he represents himself in the company of Hathor and a deity personifying one of Egypt’s provinces. Thanks to both tour guides Fatma Abdala and Walid Al-Batouty for their volunteering and Media Hub group for the production. ‎‏‎‏#StayHome‎‏‎‏#StaySafe‎‏‎‏#ExperienceEgyptFromHome

Posted by ‎Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار‎ on Friday, 17 April 2020

15- Discover The Grand Egyptian Museum (The GEM) thought this unique guided video. The Grand Egyptian Museum aka the fourth pyramid of Giza Plateau that is the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization. The museum collections spanning from ancient Egyptian civilization to the Greek-Roman period, and this museum will distinguish with displaying the entire Tutankhamun’s collection consisting of 5000 objects for the first time in one place since its discovery in 1922 by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings the public in a new display concept. Enjoy this guided tour for The GEM launched in cooperation between The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the ministry of state for information.  Enjoy visiting The GEM through this link: https://www.facebook.com/moantiquities/videos/273888033612454/

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