Ancient Pharoah Boat Moved to New Museum

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said Saturday that it has moved the 42-meter-long 20-ton vessel made of cedarwood to the Grand Egyptian Museum which is soon to open.

It was placed inside a remote-controlled vehicle imported from Belgium.

King Khufu’s 4,600-year-old solar boat was designed to transport him to heaven, it was instead moved a few kilometers to the new antiquities museum.

The ministry said in a statement, “… the aim of the transportation project is to protect and preserve the biggest and oldest organic artifact made of wood in the history of humanity for the future generations.”

The ministry said the process of relocating the boat began late Friday and was completed in the early hours of Saturday morning taking 10 hours.

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