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  • Camille Basso

In Paris, Ramses II takes a trip in virtual reality

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

The international exhibition Ramses II, The Gold of the Pharaohs, is being presented at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris until September 6th. After Houston and San Francisco, the builder of Pharaonic Egypt is revealed in a most immersive European premiere.

VIew of the coffin of Ramses II
Coffin of Ramses II

More than 180 treasures from ancient Egypt are being brought together until September at the Villette in Paris to present one of the most famous pharaohs in history. Visitors will be able to discover the Treasure of Tanis, the mask of General Oundebaounded, the coffin of King Chechonq II, animal mummies, sarcophagi, statues, jewels and amulets... as well as the priceless coffin of Ramses II himself, which France has the honour of hosting for the second time since 1976.

In addition, this exceptional exhibition offers a virtual reality journey to the heart of ancient Egypt. Equipped with VR headsets, spectators will be virtually welcomed by the ghost of Queen Nefertari to explore the most spectacular monuments of the reign of Ramses II. They will be able to discover the tomb of Nefertari and the temple of Abu Simbel, for an immersive tour of the life of the legendary pharaoh. During this unique ten-minute visit, the illustrious wife of Ramses II will recount how the monarch transformed Egypt and present the daily life of their people.

Abu-Simbel's entrance in Egypt
Abu-Simbel temple in Egypt

Third monarch of the 19th Egyptian dynasty of the New Kingdom, Ramses II, known as "the Great", governed Egypt during almost the entire 13th century BC. Throughout his sixty-six year reign, this "builder pharaoh" was responsible for the construction of numerous monuments, including the temples of Abu Simbel, Ptah of Gerf Hussein, Amun of Wadi es Sebua and Ra of Derr. A formidable warrior, he oversaw the reconquest of the empire's lost territories, but also negotiated one of the most important peace treaties of antiquity, between Egypt and Hatti. Long after his death, he was still a legend for his successors to measure themselves against and a key figure in the ancient Egyptian Empire. Plus, it was his name that enabled Champollion to decipher the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone two hundred years ago.


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