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The Nubia Museum

The Nubia Museum harbors the history of the "Land of Gold" as the word Nubia in the
Hieroglyphic, language of ancient Egypt in which pictorial symbols are used to represent
meaning and sounds, means the "Land of Gold"...Hence, this land, over times, was abounding in monumental treasures.
The Nubia Museum, in Aswan, as a matter of fact, is deemed to be one of the most
important Egyptian museums as it is the only unique open museum of its kind and ranks tenth in the list of the museums inaugurated in Egypt over the past three years. It is located in Aswan on an area of 50,000 square meters, 7000 of which are excluded to building, while the rest designed to be the yard of the museum.

Preparing this museum lasted for ten years, all dedicated for hard work to come up with
such lovely museum. Let alone, it stands as a wonderful model of international cultural
cooperation representing in United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) which replied the request of the Egyptian government to salvage the monumental sites in Nubia, hence, the area between Aswan and the Sudan was inundated by the Nile waters especially after completing the Aswan Dam. On February 4th , 1986, the foundation stone of the International Museum of Nubia was laid down.

The building has three floors for displaying and housing, in addition to a library and
information center. The largest part of the museum is occupied by the monumental pieces, reflecting phases of the development of the Nubian culture and civilization.

Three thousands pieces of antiquities , representing various ages; Geological, Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic, were registered.
It houses the statute of Ramsis II, which was laid at the very forefront of the Museum,
statute of Amenras the spiritual wife of Amen, she is of Nubian origin. It, also, has the head of the Shpatka, of the Nubian origin, made of rosy granite, head of black granite of Tahraqa, the Nubian King, whose reign during the 7th century BC was said to be full of prosperity. There is a temple of his name with gold-plated pillars.

There are, also, four mummies for nobles, which were found in Kashmatkh town in Nubia. The museum, as well, houses several models and styles of the Nubian heritage, the panorama of the Nile, depicting live image of the River Nile streaming through its banks. There is also a model for the Nubian-style house, typically copied to mirror the nature of life in Nubia. All pieces exhibited in the museum reflect the character of the Nubia over history and display how it merged with the Islamic civilization on one hand and the mother civilization of Egypt on the other.

So, the museum of Nubia plays vital role not only at the level of promoting Nubia to the
entire world but also at the level of maintaining monuments and supporting researchers,
interested in Nubia, from around the globe.


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