Highlights of Egypt: Day 3 in Cairo
Day three mainly concentrated at the Cairo Museum which has the entire King Tut collection. Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom or the New Empire Period. The 1922 discovery of the tomb of the King Tut made “King Tut” an instant celebrity and placed him among the most famous of Egypt’s ancient rulers. Tut’s tomb was broken into by English archaeologist Howard Carter. One of the best-preserved tombs ever found, it was filled with thousands of artefacts, and the golden death mask which covered his mummy is now a famous relic of the ancient world. Before Carter’s discovery, Tutankhamen was practically unknown. He died when he was about 18, having ruled for the Boy King. The museum itself was built by the French in 1909 and will soon be relocated to Giza in a new building. Roslyn and I had lunch on the Nile River and also visited the largest mosque for followers of Islam with a capacity of 5,000 people.