La Villette unveils the grandiose exhibition “Ramses – The Gold of the Pharaohs”, a monumental showcase of Ancient Egypt’s most prestigious treasures. Approved by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, this highly anticipated event will run for nearly 6 months, from April to September 2023.
The showcase follows on the phenomenal success of the 2019 Tutankhamun exhibition, which drew 1.4 million visitors. Over 180 original pieces, including some that have never left Egypt, are on display, showcasing exceptional jewelry, furniture from the tombs of the City of Tanis, and more. Enthusiasts can marvel at the oldest pure gold statue of King Khafre, a ring adorned with Queen Nefertiti’s effigy, and a necklace dating back to 1550 BC, among other treasures.
In addition to the stunning artifacts, visitors can enjoy a unique virtual reality experience that transports them to the Temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt and the Tomb of Nefertari. The highlight of the exhibition is the exclusive display of Ramses II’s coffin at the Grande Halle de La Villette which otherwise never leaves Egypt.
Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, was a pharaoh of ancient Egypt who ruled from 1279 to 1213 BC during the New Kingdom period. He is considered one of the most powerful and influential pharaohs in Egyptian history, known for his military campaigns, monumental building projects, and diplomatic achievements.
He is often remembered for his ambitious architectural projects, including the construction of massive temples, statues, and monuments, such as the famous Abu Simbel temples. He is also known for his military victories, particularly against the Hittites in the Battle of Kadesh, and his efforts to expand and consolidate the Egyptian empire. Ramses II is often regarded as one of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs, and his legacy continues to be studied and admired by historians and archaeologists today.
With such incredible history, “Ramses – The Gold of the Pharaohs” is poised to captivate audiences and potentially surpass Tutankhamun’s records.
The exhibition runs from April 6, 2023, to September 24, 2023, at La Villette in Paris 19. Tickers available here: www.ticketmaster.fr/fr/liste/ramses/idtier/33206473