CAIRO (Reuters) – A chariot owned by the ancient Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun has been moved to a new museum near the Pyramids, which Cairo hopes will bring tourists back to the country.
The Lebanese cedar and animal skin car has been on display at the Egyptian Military Museum in Cairo since 1987. However, the antiquities authorities have decided to jointly exhibit all the artifacts found in Luxor's tomb in 1922 in the Cairo Egyptian Museum.
"The military car that came out of the military museum today is King Tutankhamun's sixth chariot," museum director Tarek Sayed Tawfik said.
He said six chariots had been found in Tutankhamun's grave, some for ceremonies, some for hunting and one lighter and faster than the others for the war. This had been kept in the military museum.
"For the first time, these cars will be exhibited together in the Grand Egyptian Museum," Tawfik said.
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The military car was brought in boxes from the Museum of the Citadel of Cairo to his new home just behind the Great Pyramids of Giza, considered the largest archeological museum in the world.
The tourism sector is one of the main sources of foreign exchange in Egypt, but since a rebellion in 2011, which led to the then President Hosni Mubarak to resign, he had problems. But there are signs that tourists are returning.
An Egyptian official said in January that the number of tourists increased by 54 percent to 8.3 million in 2017, compared to a year earlier. The number stands before the uprising in 2010 at 14.7 million.
Reporting by Mohamed Zaki; Arrangement by Sami Aboudi and Matthew Mpoke Bigg