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Take a virtual tour of Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art during lockdown

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Virtual tours allow for a passport-free way to experience some of the most iconic monuments in the north African country

AS MILLIONS of people worldwide remain in a state of lockdown due to Covid-19, the Egyptian ministry of tourism and antiquities has brought some of the country’s most revered institutions to life in the form of virtual tours.

Since the beginning of April, the ministry started offering virtual tours inside Egyptian museums and archaeological sites via its websites and social networking platforms.

According to the ministry, the tours are organised in co-operation with partners from scientific and archaeological institutes.

As tourist destinations remain closed as part of measures to contain the coronavirus, the virtual tours allow for a passport-free way to experience some of the most iconic monuments in the north African country.

According to news outlet Al-Monitor, the virtual tours feature 3D photos of archaeological sites, with information provided in Arabic and English.

The 3D tours allow viewers to virtually walk through museums and archaeological sites, and give them the opportunity to explore the finer details of prominent historical sites from various parts of the country.

In the latest instalment, the ministry takes viewers on a tour of the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, which showcases a wooden door with silver plating from the Muhammad Ali Dynasty.

The Muhammad Ali dynasty was the ruling dynasty of Egypt and Sudan from the 19th to the mid-20th century.

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According to the ministry, the museum contains one of the largest and most extensive collections of Islamic artefacts in the world.

“The search for a fitting premise to display the grand collection of artefacts began in 1880 AD, and eventually led to the establishment of this building in 1902 AD”, the ministry said on its website.

The building was recently renovated, with the museum now exhibiting a large selection of artifacts from all over the world, covering subjects such as astronomy, medicine and engineering.

– African News Agency (ANA)