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Looters And Vandals Break Into The Museum Of Egyptian Antiquities In Cairo

As the riots continue to rage in Cairo, and other parts of Egypt, one of their targets was the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (aka, Cairo National Museum):



I had the opportunity to go to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities back in April, 2009 (I still have my ticket stub, too. It is beautiful.). It is an incredible building in and of itself, but it is what is contained inside that is just breath-taking. This sphinx stands guard:

This museum is jam-packed with antiquities, the likes of which many of us, myself included, have only read about in history books, or seen on television. One could literally spend months in there, and not see it all.

One of the most amazing exhibits contained within this museum is the complete burial chamber of King Tutankhamun. The entire thing is there. Think of a rectangular nesting doll, with the largest one as large as a good-size room. Each one contained artifacts of tremendous value, and each one was set apart. One room alone was dedicated to the jewelry and riches contained within the burial chamber, including this famous image:

Below is a shot of the Entry to the Burial Chamber:

The following is the actual coffin for King Tut:

All of this, and so much more – more than you can possibly imagine – are housed in this museum in Cairo (unfortunately, cameras were NOT allowed inside the museum, so I am unable to show you any personal photographs of the National Museum). That this unbelievable treasure – the entire museum, that is – had been unguarded is shocking. While the looters may not have gotten away with much, it is a shame they ever had the opportunity to even gain access to this museum at all. Sadly, the vandals did do some damage to these ancient artifacts.

Thank heavens there are some Egyptians who stepped in to protect their national, global, antiquities. Who knows what could have been had they not done so, and had armed guards not finally been called in? I am grateful that we do not have to find that out.

And while I cannot show you what was inside, I can show you that I was there (I do hope guards are protecting the Pyramids and the Sphinx):

To say this is a disturbing time in Egypt is an understatement. Curfews continue to be ignored, tanks are rolling into the city of Cairo, and protests continue to rage. But for now, while the future for this country is uncertain, at least the history is safe…

  • Anonymous

    We know that museum is so useful for storage the antique items which seen rarely. It is good that Loosters and Vandals break in to the museum of Egyptian antiquities in Cairo.

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  • carol haka, not your average Matzo Cracker

    ……………. steady flow of oxygen ……..

    I need some.

    :-D

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    That is so sweet, Sassy!  Yes, you should ask her.  I bet she’d be delighted to engage you in conversation.

    Thanks, Cindy – it was a wedding for two dear friends, who also happen to be pretty funny!  :)

  • Diana L. C.

    Love Warehouse 13 but I have never been able to watch zombie shows since the first Night of the Living Dead came out, and the same goes for vampire shows.  They just make me so frightened.  It all started with The Exocist.  I don’t want to open my mind for them so that they can come in. 

  • ~~JustMe~~

    Fingers and toes crossed here for ya!

  • Cindy

    Rev. Amy—-what a sweet, happy picture!

  • carol haka, not your average Matzo Cracker

    Within the next couple of weeks.

    Training starts 1st of March.

    Fingers Crossed.

    My Mother miraculously can now hear without me having to scream at the top of my lungs even when she is wearing a hearing aide.
     My, My ………. what a study flow of oxygen to the brain can do for a person!

    :-D

  • Sassy

    I’m uncertain about my sources…documentaries, novels, or news reports…but I believe, at least for periods of time, that grave-robbers and the black market trading of ancient relics were a serious issue in Egypt.
    That may have been remedied in more recent times.

  • oowawa

    LOL Cindy–I think the looters have already pretty well cleaned out the Alamo . . .

  • Sassy

    Reverend Amy, I think of you each time we stop at our hamburger place for lunch.
    There is a lady there each time on her break from the nearby Conference Center. She always has two Bibles and stacks of note pads. So far, we have only smiled and nodded, but soon I plan to approach her to see if she is a Divinty student or simply devoted to Bible study.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    LOL – great song, oowawa!  I love that song!  Perfect, just perfect!

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Ah, that is so sweet of you, Creeper!  Thank you!  (And yes, I know exactly what you mean abt having a mental image of people.)

    Okay, here is one of me in my robe taken this past summer after conducting a wedding:

  • kenoshamarge

    A fact a lot of us forget. After all the “cradle of civilization” is not in North America. Much to the chagrin of all those who see nothing worthwhile outside our borders.

  • kenoshamarge

     + Yawn, flag, swat!

  • creeper

    I’m on the fence with this issue but a few questions occur to me…

    1. Wouldn’t the markets be an easier target for looters than a museum with guards and locked display cases?
    2.  Isn’t a big-screen TV easier to fence and of more use than a rare antiquity?
    3. Why the vandalism?

    We need to know more about the “who” in this case.  Then maybe we can understand the “why”.