Officials announced that King Khufu’s boat, an ancient vessel that was found in Egypt, had been moved painstakingly from the Giza pyramids to a nearby museum.
The vessel, which dates back to 4,600 years, is also known as the Solar Boat. It was taken to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) nearby, where it will be inaugurated later in the year.
“The transportation project’s goal is to preserve and preserve the largest and oldest organic artifact made from wood in the history and future of humanity,” stated the ministry of tourism and antiquities in a statement.
It took 48 hours to transport the 42 m (138 ft) long cedarwood boat, weighing 20 tons and measuring 42 m (138 ft), to its new location. According to the ministry, it arrived at the GEM on Saturday morning.
Atef Moftah (supervisor general of the GEM Project) said that the boat was transported in a single piece within a metal cage on a remote-controlled vehicle specially designed for the operation.
The vessel was discovered at the southern corner the Great Pyramid in 1954. It has been displayed for decades at the museum named after it at Giza Plateau.
Egypt claims that the Grand Egyptian Museum will have more than 100,000 artifacts, despite being under construction for 17 years.