By: Ali Abu Dashish
The Ministry of Antiquities is preparing to transport King Ramesses II obelisk, located in Messalla Garden, Gezira island, to El Alamein museum.
This obelisk was erected by Ramesses II (reigned 1278-1212 BC) in Tanis, about 110 km northeast of Cairo, currently called San el-Hagar, and transported to Gezira island during the reign of late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Noteworthy, Ramesses II was the third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty of Egypt. He is often regarded as the greatest and most powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom. He was called by his successors as the "Great Ancestor".
It is scheduled that, 22 royal mummies from the 17th, 18th, and 19th dynasties will be transported from the Egyptian Museum in Al-Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Fustat.
The mummies include those of kings: Thutmose I, Thutmose II, Thutmose III, Seti I, Ramesses II, Ramesses III, Ramesses IV, Ramesses V, Seqnenre, Merenptah, and queens: Hatshepsut, Merit amin, the wife of King Amenhotep I, and Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of king Ahmose .