September 14, 2021
The famous solar boat belonging to Pharaoh Khufu, the builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza, has been moved from the Giza Solar Boat Museum next to the Giza Pyramids to the Grand Egyptian Museum in preparation for its opening.
The boat was transported inside a metal cage carried on a remote-controlled vehicle imported from Belgium for this operation. The whole process of transferring the boat to its new home took 48 hours.
Khufu’s solar boat is considered to be the oldest intact boat. It was discovered in 1954 by the Egyptian Egyptologist Kamal el-Mallakh who found it buried in a pit to the east of the Great Pyramid. It is made of cedar wood imported from Lebanon, measures 42 meters (138-ft) and weighs 20 tones. The boat is believed to function as a funerary barque used by the pharaoh in the afterlife.