RAMSES II: THE PHARAOH WHO NEEDED A PASSPORT 3,000 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH
In 1976, Pharaoh Ramesses II flew for the first time from Egypt to France with a passport and his Schengen visa. The funny thing is that the president was more than 3,000 years dead and yet the French authorities understood this requirement as indispensable.
The mummy of Ramses II was discovered in 1881 by anthropologists Gaston Maspero and Brugsch and preserved in the Cairo Museum, where it was listed as one of the best preserved in history.
But mummification is a very complex process and the room where the pharaoh rested did not have the ideal conditions for the preservation of the body that deteriorated until the remains were in obvious danger, according to the newspaper El Español.
The mummified pharaoh had to go through a meticulous fungicide process that did not damage his remains. To this end, museum officials agreed to a treatment with French experts, who indicated that this historic relic was infested with 89 types of fungi.
The trip to Paris was imminent to resolve the deterioration, so the coordinators had to start the process of travel to Ramses II, since France did not allow the entry of any foreigners without a passport, alive or dead.
This is how this pharaoh achieved greater notoriety after 3,250 years of death and “lived” situations of the modern world. The American archaeologist David S. Anderson did a re-creation of the Rameses II document.
To make matters worse, by stepping on French soil at Le Bourget airport, the mummy received military honors as every head of state. After the treatment, the remains of Ramses II flew to Egypt and were returned to the Museum, along with his passport, an unusual document.