Monday, October 17, 2011


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I went to visit the exhibition of Tutankhamun's tomb replica, which was exposed in one of the big Exhibition halls of the Heysel Exhibition Park near the Atomium in Brussels.

The Egyptolog Paul Heinen, German designer and developer of multiplex cinemas had the idea of creating a replica of the tomb in 2002. He chose a hundred Egyptian craftsmen, the best, able to reproduce to the hundredth of a millimeter the around five thousand items exhibited in the Museum of Cairo. Wulf Kohl, German artist who lived more than thirty years in Cairo, lends a hand, together with the Griffith Institute in Oxford, Egyptologists and experts. They needed to find current materials "to pretend" 100%!

After a long search to find the perfect site to test the exhibition, Paul Heinen choose Zurich. In 2006, the architect and designer Rainer Verbizh is in control, from Zurich to Brussels, via Budapest, Hamburg, Brno, Munich, Manchester, Madrid, Dublin, Cologne. Meanwhile over 1.7 million people have visited this exhibition since 2008.

Tutankhamun was the boy king of Egypt, who reigned for 10 years, was nine years old when he became pharaoh and reigned for approximately ten years and died at the age of 18. After 4000 years, in 1922 Howard Carter an English archaeologist and Egyptologist discovered the nearly intact tomb in the valley of the Kings. I don't want to give a history lesson you can read all about it here

Since February over 200.000 visitors came to see this exceptional Exhibition which usually should end on November 4 th but had been prolonged until the 27.

All items shown in this Exhibition are perfect replicas from the originals which are in Cairo's museum. We really admired the artists who had created such perfect copies, that it is almost impossible to see what is the original and what is the replica, unless you realize that the copies are not in real gold as the originals.

Now I take you on a virtual tour and show you what I have seen.

The tomb of Tutankhamun clearly shown in the 3 D design

and what was found in the outbuilding

and in the antechambre. When you think that the originals are all of pure gold you can imagine the immense value of all these items besides the historical one.

The sarcophagus was in the last of these huge golden "boxes" (they called them funeral chapels) in the Funerary Chamber which you can see on the above graphic.

Looking inside of the first and biggest one

Decoration with turquoises

Beautiful artwork

the last one before the sarcophagus

which is shown here

another one inside the above shows the mommy

The footboard of the sarcophagus

The details

His mask

The finger protections in gold

and for the feet too, there were also the golden sandals.

children sarcophagus

and a bed which would suit me too

All these items should ease his life in another world

I am not sure what this was, servants or soldiers ?

there were also golden boats

and guards

Different items to protect him

His throne from the front


and back

a heavy very big collar

and enormous earrings. I thought they would rather fit on elephant ears


a coach

bathroom items for oils and creames

Even the damages from tomb raiders were copied. There had been a vase on the back of this "goat" and a horn is missing.

We really were blinded by all this gold when we came out !


Unknown said...

I saw this years ago, but clearly I don't remember all this. Informative post. Well Done. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

My name is Riet said...

What a beautiful exibition this is. I love all you show here.

Sylvia K said...

What a fascinating exhibition! And your photos are fantastic, Gattina! I would love to visit there, but your post is the next best thing! Terrific tour! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!


eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is a wonderful and beautiful exhibition. Thanks for the tour, I felt like I was there with you. Fantastic photo, I hope you have a great day.

Kay L. Davies said...

Fantastic, isn't it? Even today's billionaires and multi-billionaires don't have accessories like these.
A wonderful display, Gattina. Thanks for sharing it with us, my friend.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

LifeRamblings said...

great photos and such a wonderful tour. i enjoy tagging along with you.

Pinay Tambay said...

Oh boy! This is one unforgettable experience! I love the tour!

Indrani said...

Such mysterious and interesting objects.

Anonymous said...

Wow - what amazing treasures!

Jo said...

Wow, Gattina! All that gold and the other ornate objects. Seems like the poor man lived in fear and superstition! I like the cat bed - wouldn't mind it in real gold to help me pay for our cat's kibbles and other expenses! Thanks for the most informative post. Hugs Jo

Jo said...

Wow, Gattina! All that gold and the other ornate objects. Seems like the poor man lived in fear and superstition! I like the cat bed - wouldn't mind it in real gold to help me pay for our cat's kibbles and other expenses! Thanks for the most informative post. Hugs Jo

Anonymous said...

I'd love to visit an exhibition like that. Truly regal! Thank you for showing the minutest details.

Loree said...

what amazing detail. I have never seen anything quite like this. I would love to visit this exhibition one day.

sandra carlier said...

what a beautiful exhibition you did!!! What a chance to live neat Brussels! This is an international place!

diane b said...

I think this has been to Australia but we didn't see it. So, I am so glad that you showed me . It is an awesome collection.

Trotter said...

Hi Gattina! Sorry for the absence, but these last two months have been nasty! My mother (90) was in hospital for more than three weeks and the post-surgery was hard! My father (94) seemed to be orphan while my mother was out and felt into some kind of depression... The economy is a disaster and the media only bring bad news... The € Euro is rescued every day, only to be known that it needs to be rescued again and again... What else? Well, maybe «Midnight in Paris»... The problem is that the Gil there is a different one... ;)

I hope the originals I saw in Cairo haven't been lost these last months...

Blogtrotter Two wanders currently around Porto Vecchio and the beaches in the region! Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead!

Trotter said...

Hi ! Another absence; this time there was a small accident around here...

Blogtrotter Two is spending a day at sea. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. great photos of your tour - amazing to put on a show like this ...

The originals were in London in the 70s .. but I never got to visit - the queues were enormous (quite enormous!!) ...

Great look at what was in the tomb .. fascinating .. cheers Hilary


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