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The Egypt of the Pharaohs at the Atelier des Lumières

From February 9, 2024, enter the time machine and explore againthe Egypt of the pharaohs through the treasures of this legendary civilization which has shaped three millennia and continues to captivate all generations.

The swirls of sand, lifted by the winds, reveal the remains of ancient Egypt as they appeared to the amazed eyes of French scientists during the Egyptian Campaign from 1798 to 1801. The painter David Roberts, witness to this epic, immortalized them in his notebook, noting: “We are a people of dwarves visiting a nation of giants”. The first moments of ancient Egypt reveal its unique cosmogony, a rich narration of the genesis of the world where the sacred forces of the gods confront each other and come to life on the walls of the Workshop of Enlightenment, until the advent of the first men on earth.

Date: 9 February 2024 to January 5, 2025

Desire: Egypt, Immersive experience, History

The crossing continues along the Nile, sacred river and source of life. The rhythm of floods and seasons gives rise to the fertile silt essential for the flourishing of luxuriant fauna and flora. The daily life of ancient Egypt is revealed through splendid bas-reliefs, paintings and ancient papyri.

Egypt of the Pharaohs, Workshop of Enlightenment
Egypt of the Pharaohs, Workshop of Enlightenment

The pyramids, gigantic construction sites and marvels of ancient architecture, rise before you. Block after block, these colossal monuments pile up to form the tombs of eternal kings, guarded by the majestic Sphinx. The exceptional durability of ancient Egypt is closely linked to the pharaohs who reigned over the unified kingdom of Upper and Lower Egypt. Monumental sculptures of rulers, such as Khafre, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Akhenaten and Nefertiti, dominate the space. Successive reigns were marked by mythical battles, such as that of Ramesses II at Qadech. The arms of the Nile irrigate the space with a fusion of gold, symbol of the flesh of the gods, flowing along the walls and forging the extraordinary jewels of the Egyptian sovereigns.

Across Egypt stretch hundreds of temples dedicated to multiple deities. From Luxor to Abu Simbel, these majestic complexes are cultural, spiritual, economic and political centers, where life and death are celebrated in grand processions. The Valley of the Kings reveals the famous tomb of Tutankhamun, while the Valley of the Queens is home to dazzling jewels, such as the tomb of Nefertari.

The cycle of life comes to an end, and you are guided to the afterlife as you approach the astronomical ceiling of Dendera, normally perched 15 meters above the ground, but here deployed within sight. The journey ends, revealing only a tiny fraction of this fascinating ancient Egypt, where many mysteries still remain to be explored.

Date: 9 February 2024 to January 5, 2025

Location: Atelier des Lumières

Desire: Egypt, Immersive Experience, History

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