Monaco’s ‘Gold of the Pharaohs’ charms 80,000 visitors

24-09-2018 12:36 AM

Sanaa’ Farouq

Some 80,000 visitors have seen the exhibition “Gold of the Pharaohs – 2,500 Years of the Goldsmith’s Art in Ancient Egypt”, which was held in Monaco from 7 July to 9 September.

The Grimaldi Forum conference center, which hosted the exhibition, has announced that 80,000 visitors marked the largest number it had received since the its “Gracy Kelly: Princess of Monaco” exhibition in 2007.

“Thanks,” the center posted on Twitter. “Even stronger than #ReinesdEgypte in 2008, the #OrdesPharaons wasvthe most visited exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum since #GraceKellyPrincessedeMonaco in 2007!”

“Gold of the Pharaohs” included 149 pieces, and was hosted under the auspices of the Egyptian government and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

It marks Monaco’s second ancient Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat attended the opening of “Gold of the Pharaohs”. She said that Egyptian artefacts displayed abroad served as “Egypt’s best advertising tool”.

The pieces exhibited in Monaco will return to Egypt to be permanently displayed in Egyptian museums.

The ministry has long-term plans to display Egyptian artefacts all over the world. The “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” is touring the world to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the Pharaoh’s intact tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. On display are 150 pieces from the boy king’s collection. The ten-city seven-year exhibition tour debuted in Los Angeles on 24 March 2018, after which it moves to Paris, then on to London, Washington DC, Sydney, Seoul, Philadelphia, Chicago, Tokyo, and Osaka.

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