To the great regret, in the summer of 2013 the museum was looted by a crowd of demonstrators, although it is more correct to call them marauders. Unlike in 2011, when about 50 exhibits were stolen, some of which were later found, in 2013 the museum's losses are very serious.
Employees of the museum still (at the time of writing the article - November 2013) calculate the losses. For the culture of Egypt this is a serious tragedy.
The building of the Cairo Museum can not be confused with anything. The bright red color and a large number of statues are the "calling cards" of this unique collection of artifacts of ancient times.
Part of the collection can be seen without even entering the museum. Of course, these are not the most valuable exhibits of the collection, but photography is not prohibited near the building, and tourists use this opportunity to capture themselves against the background of historical relics.
Usually, an excursion to the museum lasts one hour, and this, of course, is not enough to examine the entire exposition. On the other hand, the whole exposition is more interesting to Egyptologists than to tourists.
Tourists are shown all the fun. "Pearl" of the collection is the mask of the pharaoh Tutankhamun. Recall that the tomb of this pharaoh was found untouched, which is very rare. A whole mummy, a funeral mask, a sarcophagus and many other artifacts were found in the tomb.
Most tourists are interested in gold products, although for historians and archaeologists are more interesting artifacts that contain inscriptions, they give the most information about the past. It was gold items that became the target of marauders during the pogroms, not all rebels had political goals, some simply wanted to profit. Now the police and the secret police are actively looking for lost artifacts, the last time in 2011 they returned many of the exhibits.
Now we can not even say if the museum works, and what can be viewed inside. But at the time of writing, tourists were generally not recommended to leave the hotel, the riots have already ended, but the political situation is unstable.
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The city of Cairo itself can be considered one great attraction. Egypt is a poor country. On the streets of the city you can meet donkeys and horses, where traders transport their goods.
Animals are cheaper than vehicles, and on the road you can meet and cars, and donkeys, and horses at the same time.
The city may seem unfinished, many buildings do not have roofs. This is not accidental, this has economic meaning.
According to the laws of Egypt, the building in which the roof is not finished, is not considered a completed real estate object, and property taxes are not paid from it.
In Egypt, there is almost no rain, and the absence of a roof to the inhabitants is not particularly hampered. Therefore, many do not build a roof to not pay taxes, and live in such an unfinished house for years.
We wish you a successful trip to the sights of Cairo. Be careful on the streets, Egypt is not particularly respected by the rules of the road, everyone rides as they want.
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