A virtual Rameses II

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Rameses II

The lure of Egyptian civilisation draws us to films about ancient Egypt as well as exhibitions. Mummies coming back to the UK in Victorian times stimulated interest and there was a fad for all things Egyptian.  The explorations of Howard Carter in the 1920’s revived that interest as did a spate of films in the 1930’s like The Mummy.

The Tutankhamun exhibition at the British Museum in the 1970’s led to queues around the block. And the new finds close to the temple of Seti near Luxor may lead to another revival in Egyptian tourism.

Now a new exhibition in the German city of Karlsruhe about Rameses II – also known as Rameses the Great – may herald another bout of interest.

The Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe has created a large cultural and historical special exhibition dedicated to the famous pharaoh – the first comprehensive exhibition since the Rameses Exhibition in Paris 40 years ago. From 17th December until 18th June 2017 visitors can view around 250 exhibits from museums all over the world.

And that is going to be the big attraction; the fact that so much material has been gathered in one place.

A special feature of the Karlsruhe exhibit is the first virtual reconstruction of Rameses II’s new capital city, Pi-Ramesse created through by archaeologists from University College London and the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim.

No other pharaoh left behind as many buildings and statues as Ramses II. The Ramses Exhibition uses models and huge installations that will give visitors a fantastic impression of the monumental temple complexes at Abu Simbel and Ramses’ mortuary temple, the Ramesseum in Thebes. Colossal statues of the king show off the imperial might of this divine ruler.

He agreed the very first very first peace treaty that is recorded, his was with the Hittites. Unique written documents and valuable gifts given in tribute provide evidence of the close relationships between Egypt and its neighbours. Statues, some of which have never before been seen in Germany, and images of daily life give visitors an insight into ancient Egyptian society at the time of Rameses II.

Tour operators in the UK have some tours on offer but the local tourist board in Karlsruhe has packaged a weekend offer including a hotel stay of between one and three nights (offer valid Friday to Monday) with breakfast, a Karlsruhe Card with a range of free services, free use of public transport in the city as well as free entry to the exhibition with prices starting from €80 per person in a double room. All you need to do is book a flight.

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