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The Egyptian Museum Makes it to UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ Tentative List

April 9, 2021
Credit: Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage Committee has added Cairo’s Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to its World Heritage Tentative List, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities earlier this week. The Ministry had applied for the museum to be added as a world heritage site in February 2020. The ‘Tentative List’ is a list of places a country considers to be of outstanding cultural or natural heritage value for the world and is the start of planning and consideration for such properties to be added to the World Heritage List. General Supervisor of the Central Administration for Public and International Relations at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Abdel Mohsen Shafi’ stated that the museum is a cultural beacon and acts as a witness to Egyptian civilization.  The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is the first national museum in the Middle East and houses among the largest and oldest collection of ancient Egyptian archaeological artifacts. The museum was inaugurated on November 15, 1902, seven years after the Egyptian government launched a competition to determine who would build this architectural masterpiece.  French architect Marcel Dourgnon…


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