Tahrir square during corona crisis
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The recent events of coronavirus pandemic spread worldwide, but Egypt is starting the clinical trials for Covid-19 drugs. The government has let the visitor attractions and side streets sanitized. Meanwhile, the Tahrir Square in the Cairo city centre is being finished and prepared to welcome new tourists in the upcoming season. Apparently, the new face of the square is ment to be a celebration of the Sun as a symbol of life. The Pharaonic obelisk from the era of Ramses II (13th century BC) will dominate the whole 45 000 meters square from the middle of the roundabout as well as four ram statues of Karnak temple. The rams as old as 3000 years symbolize the highest deity and the god of the Sun – Amon Ra. The obelisk itself is believed to be a petrified ray of the Sun and the name Ramses itself means “Ra gave birth to him”.
The Tahrir square is becoming a centre of the history, both modern and ancient. This biggest square in Egypt was the focal point of many revolutions.
"Lift your head up high, you're Egyptian"
This motto sounded during the the latest Egyptian revolution in 2011, which led to resignation of the president Hosni Mubarak. After the celebration, the Cairean women and men stayed at the square to clean up after the 18 day trash and graffiti. So thoughtful!
The square was always a boiling point and a platform for different views and opinions both before and after the revolution in 2011. Before, there was a protest against the war in Iraq, going back the Egyptian Bread Riots in 1977 and another two Egyptian revolution in 1919 and in 1952, where the Tahrir square got officially its name, meaning “Liberation square” in translation. Surely, there is no better place, for the statue of Umar Makram, the great egyptian hero known for his resistance against Napoleon’s invasion in Egypt.
Where history comes alive
Just 5 minutes walk from the square is another dominant historical building from the year of 1901, which shelters numerous invaluable archeological findings from the ancient times. Although Tutankhamun’s collection has a very good PR, the Tanis collection, which will be the centre of the exposition, easily competes in terms of richness and variety. When it was discovered by Pierre Monet, it was the biggest discovery, since Tutankhamun’s findings. However, the discovery was made during the war times of 1939 and thus never got the acknowledgement it deserves. The old Egyptian Museum will surely satisfy everybody, who is looking deeper into egyptian history, than under the popular well-known stories.
We are looking forward to show you the new and even nicer face of Cairo in upcoming season.
Title image by REUTERS