Newly Opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) opened its doors a week ago in Al Fustat (ancient Cairo). NMEC houses 50, 000 objects that illustrate the history of Egyptian civilisation–from Prehistory to the present day.

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Stunning photos have recently been published and the one above is my favourite. (Love the abstracted pylon-like structures that incorporate inverted pyramid light fixtures!) If you’d like to see more photos, click here. Or if you want to learn more about NMEC, you can follow the museum on Facebook or read its page on the UNESCO website.

The Giza pyramids from space…

This post has nothing to do with aliens, Star Gate or any such things.

I came across a picture of the Giza pyramids taken by NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts from the International Space Station recently and I thought it was pretty cool.  Virts tweeted about it and you can see his picture in his tweet below:

Apparently the pyramids are quite difficult to photograph from up there… if you check out this short article on the Cairo Scene website, you’ll see another picture of the Giza Plateau taken last year by another (unnamed) astronaut… can you you see the pyramids on that picture?  They are there… my keen archaeologist’s eyes spotted them. (Isn’t this like playing where’s Waldo?)