Cairo, wapresri.go.id – Outside the official agenda during a working visit in Cairo, Egypt, Vice President (VP) K.H. Ma’ruf Amin and Mrs. Hj. Wury Ma’ruf Amin visited the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization on Sunday morning (06/11/2022) local time.
On this visit, the VP was accompanied by a guide who was well-versed in the history of Egyptian civilization from the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt, to the Coptic era. While listening to the guide’s explanation, the VP and Mrs. Wury witnessed firsthand items from various time periods throughout Egyptian history, such as artifacts, jewelry, planting tools, clothing, and various types of Egyptian king coffins.
One of the interesting things that caught the attention of the VP at this museum was the sheet of the Torah which is believed to have been written by hand since the time of the Prophet Moses and contains 304,805 letters.
In addition, the VP also seemed interested in the display of the last Kiswah Kaaba made in Egypt during the era of President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1961 or 1381 Hijriah. As information from the guide that before 1961, the Kiswah Kaaba was imported from Egypt.
After viewing various collections of historical items in the main hall, the VP and Mrs. Wury were then guided to the basement to witness firsthand the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings.
Here, neatly stored in a glass box the bodies of the ancient Egyptian kings are preserved. Including the body of King Ramses II who is believed by historians to be King Pharaoh which is told in the Qur’an, based on the history of his bad policies and temperament.
After circling the museum area, the VP and Mrs. Wury stopped at the carpet crafter’s location near the exit of the museum. Here the VP witnessed firsthand the process of making carpets which is done manually by hand.
According to the guide, to complete one sheet of carpet takes 8 months to more than 1 year. Not only watching, on this occasion the VP and Mrs. Wury also purchased a piece of carpet.
For information, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is the first museum in the Arab world to focus on the earliest civilizations in the history of ancient Egyptian civilization. This museum is the only museum in Egypt that offers visitors an overview of all the different historical periods in Egypt.
NMEC is designed through a multidisciplinary thematic approach to demonstrate the tangible and intangible heritage of the Egyptian nation. In addition, NMEC is also an important cultural, educational, recreational and research center for both local and international scholar visitors. (NN/LHS-BPMI Setwapres)