Encased in a specially-built cage, a statue of Ramses II is moved to the new Grand Egyptian Museum.
3,000-Year-Old Colossal Pharaoh Statue Moved to New Home
83-ton statue of Ramses II, ancient Egypt's greatest ruler, arrives at the Grand Egyptian Museum.
GIZA, EgyptIn 21st-century Egypt, the pharaohs still travel in style. A marching band and mounted military guard were on hand Thursday to escort an enormous statue of Ramses II on its fourth voyage in 3,200 years.
What is intended as the colossus' final voyage is also the shortest: a 1,200-foot jaunt from the temporary building in Giza where it has spent a little more than a decade, to the soaring entrance atrium of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, its planned permanent destination.
Any movement of the statue is notable due to its staggering size. Weighing in at 83 tons and more than 30 feet high, the granite sculpture depicting the 19th-Dynasty pharaoh was transported in a custom-made metal cage resting on