Egyptian Authorities Issued A Passport To Dead Pharaoh So He Could Be Transported To France
Ramses II, was one of the most powerful pharaohs in ancient Egypt, and he was so accomplished that his successors and later Egyptians called him the “Great Ancestor”. In the early days of his reign, Ramses was focused on building cities, temples, and monuments that would last lifetimes. At age fourteen, he was appointed prince regent by his father, Seti I, and he is believed to have taken the throne in his late teens, ruling Egypt from 1279 to 1213 BC.
The pharaoh was also accomplished in his death, and was the only ancient Egyptian ruler to get a passport and take an international flight. in 1976 Pharaoh Ramses II was issued an Egyptian passport so he could fly to France, nearly three thousand years after his death.
Ramses II: The Mummy Who Had To Get A Passport
They didn't want him getting kidnapped!
Gepostet von Ripley's Believe It or Not! am Mittwoch, 28. August 2019
It was decided that Ramses would be sent to France after French doctor Maurice Bucaille, examined the mummy at the Cairo Museum the year before and found that it was in poor condition. Somehow, French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing convinced Egyptian authorities to send the mummy to France for treatment. Then in September 1976, Ramses was taken to a laboratory at the Musée de l’Homme, where experts worked on restoring the mummy as best as they could.
Ramses was even issued an official passport, which listed his occupation as “king.” Some historians suggest that the purpose of the passport might have been to ensure his safe return to Egypt and reduce the risk of the French researchers keeping him, Since he was officially an Egyptian citizen. There are many images that circulate on the internet which claim to sho the passport, but they are mostly reconstructions, many of which show features that were not present on passports in the 1970s. The image below is one of these recreations, and it is suspected that the passport likely looked much like this.