King Tut exhibition to open in Paris on Thursday

Antiquities Minister Khaled Anani will open on Thursday Tutankhamun, the Treasures of the Pharaoh exhibition that will run till mid September.

The exhibition is the first to be held in Paris in 50 years since the 1967 “Exhibition of the Century”. At that time, the exhibition drew more than 1.2 million visitors who came to admire the treasures of King Tutankhamun.

The Paris stop is the second for the exhibition that was first held in Los Angeles.

In statements before leaving, Anani said the exhibition will open to the public on Saturday and will display 150 artifacts of the young pharaoh’s priceless possessions.

The exhibition will celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the royal tomb by presenting a collection of exceptional masterpieces, the majority of which have never left Egypt before.

Paris dressed up for the exhibition with posters featuring the face of the boy king and objects from his treasured collection are wide spread over Paris streets.

They were installed on buildings, shops, street lamps, metro and bus stations.

More than 130,000 tickets were sold till now and it is likely to increase to 150,000 ones in the coming few days, he added.

The most famous ancient Egyptian king’s tomb was discovered in 1922; more than 3,000 years after his death.

Tutankhamun was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamun did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Source: State Information Service Egypt