24 February 2020 07:47 AM

Ehab Badawy: More than 1.3mn visit Tutankhamun exhibition in Paris

Tuesday، 03 September 2019 - 12:01 PM

More than 50 years after the "exhibition of the century", the treasures of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun are on display once again in the French capital, this time at the Grande Halle at La Villette.


For the second time the event hits a record high in terms of the number of attendees of cultural gatherings in France, with more than 1.3 million visiting the exhibition so far, says Egyptian Ambassador in Paris Ehab Badawy.


In 1967, the same event gathered more than 1.2 million visitors, Badawy told MENA Tuesday.


Themed "Tutankhamun, the treasures of the Pharaoh", this year's exhibition does not include the major piece - the mask of the king that is. But it could still lure visitors from France and other parts of the world, Badawy noted.


He expected the event (which opened on March 23 and will last until September 15) to have a positive impact on the flow of French tourists to Egypt.


The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which is due to open in 2022.


It unveils more than 150 original objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun.


After Paris, the next stop for this record-breaking exhibition will be London’s Saatchi Gallery, from November 2, 2019 to May 3, 2020.


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