Dive into the heart of the kingdom of Ramses, one of the greatest builders of ancient Egypt. Our expert-led tour of “Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs” will have you enthralled.
Ramses II, as he was also known, left remnants that inspire more than one trip to Egypt today. He died at the age of 92, having been born in 1304 BCE. His unusually long reign (66 years!) allowed him to fine-tune his legacy. A victorious warrior, in the battle of Kadesh, he was also the builder of many temples and monuments in Egypt (including the temples of Memphis, Luxor, and especially Abu Simbel, dedicated to his favorite wife, Nefertari). He also left his name on most of the monuments of ancient Egypt.
Buried in the Valley of the Kings, his tomb was looted at the end of the New Kingdom. The funerary treasure of Ramses II has disappeared, although some of it has been found scattered by smugglers. It must have been colossal, well beyond the treasure of the tomb of Tutankhamen.
The Ramses exhibition presents a part of the gold accumulated by the pharaohs. This tour with your private guide allows you to experience the staging of the rediscovery of the mummy of Ramses, desecrated by looters, then rediscovered and hidden by the priests in the necropolis of Thebes. You will also have the opportunity to discover the sumptuous ring bearing the effigy of Queen Nefertiti, a pearl necklace dating from 1550 BCE. And above all, the highlight of the exhibition, the statue made entirely of pure gold of the pharaoh Khephren, the builder of one of the three largest pyramids in Egypt, along with the pyramids of Kheops and Mykerinos. More than 180 period pieces, including Tanis’ spectacular treasure, round out the set with their extraordinary presence. Discovered in March 1939 by the French archaeologist Pierre Montet, this Egyptological event was the most sensational since the discovery of the funerary treasure of Tutankhamun.
With the lively and precise comments from La Compagnie des Guides, there is no doubt that a tour of the Ramses exhibition with your private guide will be a great moment of emotion for all lovers of ancient Egypt.
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