Musee de la Barque Solaire
The Musee de la Barque Solaire, or the Solar Boat Museum, is an Egyptian museum dedicated to the display of the reconstructed Khufu solar ship. It is located near the Great Pyramid of Khufu (also known as the Pyramid of Cheops) in Giza, just a few meters away from where the ship was originally discovered. The museum was constructed around 1985.
The discovery of the solar ship came about when Mohamed Zaky Nour, the Egyptian antiquities inspector responsible for the area of Giza, Kamal el Malakh, a civil engineer in charge of cleaning up the area of the Pyramids of Giza, and Doctor Abdel Men'em Aboubakr, supervisor of the cleaning process, stumbled upon what seemed to be a limestone wall. On digging further, they found 42 pieces of rock, divided into two groups for protection. On May 26, 1954, the chamber where the disassembled parts of the solar boat were found was opened, releasing a distinctive scent of cedar wood.
The Khufu solar ship, a full-sized vessel that was sealed into a pit at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, is one of the most remarkable artifacts of Ancient Egypt. It was disassembled into 1,224 pieces before being buried near the pyramids in the boat pit. The reassembly of the ship was completed in 1968.
The design of the museum allows visitors to view the boat from three different levels on three floors, offering various perspectives of this ancient marvel. The ground floor, for instance, provides a view of the bottom of the boat. Other items on display at the museum include a scale model of the Khufu Solar ship and photos documenting the discovery and reassembly process of the ship.
The Musee de la Barque Solaire employs modern techniques and technologies to preserve the solar boat, ensuring that this significant piece of Egyptian history is maintained for future generations to appreciate.
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