The Egyptologist, Former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass announced archaeological openings in a few months, including two museums and a palace in Egypt.
Hawass said, "Egypt's Capitals Museum (ECM) is the one of the most important openings in the coming period. The museum gathers all the civilizations of the entire Egyptian capitals; including the history of the country's capitals through different eras. It consists of a main hall where antiquities from a number of ancient and modern Egyptian capitals are displayed, and it has 9 capitals.
Hawass added, in statements to "Elwatan" Newspaper, that the Greco-Roman Museum is one of the most important landmarks in Alexandria. It was officially opened in 1892 during the reign of Khepe Abbas II of Egypt. The goal of building this museum was to preserve the antiquities discovered in Alexandria. Most of the museum's acquisitions date back to the period between the 3rd century BC and to the 3rd century AD. It includes Ptolemaic, Roman, and Coptic eras.
"I started restoring the museum in 2006 and it’s currently in the final touch and waiting for its opening," Hawass said.
The Egyptologist demonstrated that the restoration of the palace Muhammad Ali in Shubra Al Khaymah was completed in 2009, but it was dilapidated until the Ministry of Antiquities began to restore it again.
He added that the countdown has begun for opening the palace, which is a rare archaeological masterpiece in Al Qalyubia and in the whole world. It combined the Western and Islamic worlds in its architecture and arts and it is more than 200 years old.
The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri announced these new archaeological openings during a phone call to the "Al Youm" Show broadcast on "DMC" channel, saying; "We have some imminent openings soon. We have the ECM in the New Administrative Capital, the Greco-Roman Museum, and the Palace of Mohamed Ali in Shubra."
Contributed by Israa Farhan