|05 April, 2020

Egypt's Ministry of Tourism launches 2nd virtual tour in archaeological sites

The ministry-led initiative guided viewers through the tomb of Queen Meresankh III on Saturday

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities continued its series of virtual guided tours via its website and social media pages, with a second tour of an ancient tomb.

The ministry-led initiative, which it launched on Friday, guided viewers through the tomb of Queen Meresankh III on Saturday.

The collaboration is taking place with the ministry’s partners from scientific and archaeological institutions, and is designed to enable people worldwide to enjoy Ancient Egypt from the comforts of their home.

Queen Meresankh III was granddaughter of King Khufu, builder of Great Pyramid of Giza, and wife of either Khafre or Menkaure.

Her unique underground chapel (labeled G 7530-7540) preserves beautifully carved and painted scenes of the queen and her family, as well as servants, artisans, and funerary priests. The scenes also depict the sort of rich burial goods that would have been placed in Meresankh’s tomb: statues and fine furniture; boxes containing food, clothing, and jewelry; even a representation of the black granite sarcophagus that was actually found in situ in her burial chamber.

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