Pictures of the Places We Couldn't Take Pictures (Pt. 3)

Two days ago, I started this blog feature of the places (all in Egypt, curiously) we couldn't take pictures during our recent journeys. One of those was the glorious Egyptian Museum in Cairo:

The Egyptian Museum and the Treasures of King Tut

The Egyptian Museum is situated at Tahrir square in Cairo. It was built during the reign of Khedive Abbass Helmi II in 1897, and opened on November 15, 1902. It has 107 halls. On the ground floor are huge statues of Pharoahs, mummification beds, and stone monuments. The upper floor houses small statues, jewels, Tutankhamen treasures and the mummies.

The King Tut wing on the second floor was absolutely breathtaking. Words can't describe the sheer volume of unbelievably beautiful, perfectly preserved treasures, like (of course) the famous gold mask:

And case after case, display on display of fine jewelry, like this pectoral plate:

Not to mention (but I will) games the boy-king played:

And something like a half-dozen beds, including a well-preserved folding camp bed! And more. So much more. In fact, one of my few regrets from our recent trip is that we went here on our first day in Egypt, after rising early in Jordan and flying to Cairo and visiting the tomb of Anwar Sadat....we were all so tired after just a couple hours in the museum, we could think only of getting to the hotel and resting. A few of our group actually went BACK to the museum our last day in Egypt, as we had some free time. It was worthy of a lot more time than we were able to give it.

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