Overview3, El Bahr El Azam Str., Giza, Giza
The Pharaonic Village in Cairo Depicits the life of ancient Egyptians by live actors and modules of houses and temples to ilustrate how the ancient Egyptian life was thousand of years ago
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An ancient Egypt theme park on Jacob's Island situated in the middle of the Nile, south of Giza. Visitors sail in small boats through the reed beds viewing scenes of Pharaonic daily life recreated by costumed actors. At the end of the boat Journey you reach several small lively museums. one is devoted to early Egyptian history, including an absorbing mock up of Tutankhamun tomb as it was discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter, and another displays new collection devoted to Alexander the Great and Hellenstic Egypt.
The Pharaonic village was created by Dr Hassan Ragab who had the world’s largest plantation of Papyrus the iconic Egyptian plant which disappeared during the industrial era. In his quest to find the seeds of Papyrus all over the world he viewed an exhibition that retraced the lives of first American settlers.
The American exhibition gave him the idea of creating a live museum of ancient Egyptian history, with actors wearing costumes and operating in a typical Pharaonic environment. Initially Dr. Ragab owned part of an island in Giza called Qorsaya where he used it for his Papyrus plantation he gradually transformed this island to be stage for his ancient Egyptian habitat. The first stage of transforming the island was through the plantation of 5,000 trees that worked as a shield from city noises and concrete views. Plus the importation of exotic animals from Africa that were common in Egypt 4,000 years ago thus creating the nich for the future Pharaonic Village.
The second stage of the project was through the sutdy and research of ancient Egyptian lifestyle, habitats and traditions to make the depiction of ancient Egyptian life close to reality.
The visit to the Pharaonic Village starts with a 30 minute ferry promenade through the shores of the island passing through various statues of Egyptian Gods. The ferry then proceeds to where live actors wearing colorful costumes and performing daily tasks in Pharaonic fashion.
Next, after disembarkation of the ferry you come to the next stop in the Pharaonic Village which is a replica of the Karnak temple and the nobleman’s house and the peasant house.
The highlight of the tour to the Pharaonic Village is the exact replica of Tut Ankh Amun tomb as it was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. All the measurements of the original real tomb have been respected and it has replica of all the treasures found as found in the tomb.
At this point, the living museum broadens its scope to display other stages of Egyptian history, from mummification to Nasser and Sadat memorabilia. Fourteen museums are housed in the entire village, four of them focusing on the Pharaonic period--mummification, building of the pyramids, ancient traditions. Four other sub-museums--the Cleopatra Museum, the Coptic Museum, the Islamic Museum and the Napoleon Museum--depict later stages of Egyptian history.
Other museums focus on Egypt today, with a museum dedicated to each of these major political figures: Sadat, Nasser and Naguib. The exhibition space dedicated to Sadat showcases various items belonging to the late president, from his toothpaste and toothbrush to his nightgown and wedding photos. All these precious and rare items were donated by his widow, Jehan Sadat, and are exhibited on the walls and inside glass boxes.
Nasser’s museum is filled to the ceilings with black and white photographs of the late president in the company of major politicians like Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro, and boxer Mohamed Ali. A glass box contains Nasser's old radio and fragments of a moon rock immobilized in a plastic bubble and given to him as a present by America.
Hours of work
Winter Daily 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Summer Daily 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
The village is located on the West bank of the Nile, on Jacob’s Island at 3 Al-Bahr Al-A’zam Street, about six miles from the center of Cairo (see map), and not far from most of the hotels
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