The Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt on Thursday reported thousands of visitors flocked to the exhibition “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,” held in Paris from April 1 to September 17.
The council said in a statement that since the exhibition opened on April 6, 365,000 tickets have been sold so far.
In January, the Egyptian Cabinet approved the travel of the wooden sarcophagus of the mummy of King Ramses II, and included it in the list of artifacts for the exhibition, starting with the exhibition being held in Paris.
The display of the sarcophagus came at the request of the President and CEO of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, which is organizing the exhibition.
The exhibition will be held in several major cities: Houston and San Francisco in the United States of America, Paris in France, and Sydney in Australia. It displays about 181 artifacts related to the ancient Egyptian civilization, which highlights the value of our ancient civilization.
Ramses II has the third longest reign in history, preceded by King Louis XIV who reigned for 72 years and Queen Elizabeth II who ruled for 70 years.
Ramesses II built a plethora of monuments throughout Egypt, including the Temple of a Million Years as well as the temples of Abu Simbel, which were built to glorify the pharaoh and his favorite wife, Nefertari.
King Ramesses II was a great conqueror who led many conquests to protect and expand his kingdom, with his army.
He had dozens of royal wives, including Sis-Nefert, Bintanat, and Nefertari. He also had more than 200 concubines, with whom he had a hundred children.
Photo credit: Ramses the exhibition website.