The "Pharaohs' Golden Parade" circled Tahrir square, where authorities officially unveiled an obelisk and four sphinxes to now decorate Cairo's most famous square.
Egypt moved on Saturday evening 22 Pharaonic mummies from the Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in a festive, remarkable parade known as "The Pharaoh's Golden Parade". Tourism has nearly entirely stalled because of COVID-19 related restrictions. A 21-gun salute took place upon the arrival of the royal mummies at their new location.
"This majestic scene is new evidence of the greatness of [the Egyptian] people, the guardian of this unique civilisation that roots back into the depth of history", Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Twitter.
Global guests, including the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organisation an the Director-General of UNESCO have also arrived in Cairo to attend the event.
Each mummy will be carried in a specially-designed glass capsule with shock-absorbers so the ancient royals won't get damaged during transportation, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass told Reuters.
The capsules will then be placed on carts that will look similar to horse-drawn war chariots and created to provide stability.
Seqenenre Tao II, "the Brave", who reigned over southern Egypt some 1,600 years before Christ, was on the first chariot, while Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th century BC, brought up the rear.
To celebrate the opening of the mummies and central exhibition hall at the the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, the Chairman of the "Kenouz Egypt Factory for Archaeological replicas" Hisham Shaarawy announced a 20 percent discount on all company products until May 5.
These mummies include King Ramses II, King Seknen Ra Taa, King Tuthmosis III, King Seti I, Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Meritamun, wife of King Amenhotep I, and Queen Ahmose Nefertari.
The 22 royal mummies in the parade were discovered in two hiding places; the first was unearthed in 1881 at Deir El-Bahari in Luxor's West Bank.
The parade ceremony began from the Egyptian Museum towards the NMEC late Saturday and lasted for about 45 minutes.
Fustat, the home of the new museum, was the site of Egypt's capital under the Umayyad dynasty after the Arab conquest.
But morbid jokes and rumours have also spread on social media that the "curse of the pharaohs", may be responsible for a series of bad events in Egypt.
In their new home, they will occupy "slightly upgraded cases", said Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. "And so, it is a way of showing respect".