Munich begins work on Egyptology museum

15th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2007, Munich - Work officially began Wednesday on what will one day be one of the world's great Egyptology museums, with Cairo represented by ambassador Mohamed al-Orabi at the foundation stone laying in Munich.

15 November 2007

Munich - Work officially began Wednesday on what will one day be one of the world's great Egyptology museums, with Cairo represented by ambassador Mohamed al-Orabi at the foundation stone laying in Munich.

The German city, which is in a permanent race with Berlin to show off the greatest art treasures, is erecting the 88-million-euro (129-million-dollar) building next to the three Pinakothek museums devoted to western art.

To be completed in 2010, the glass and bare-concrete building will gather treasures currently stored at various sites and also contain a film-studies college.

Sealed inside the foundation stone were objects typically placed in ancient Egyptian graves and a film camera made 40 years ago.

"This building gives Munich yet another foothold in the same league as Berlin's Island of Museums and the other art-treasure precincts of the world," said the premier of Bavaria, Guenther Beckstein, as snow fell at the ceremony.

Another landmark in the precinct, the Brandhorst Museum devoted to 20th century art, is set to open next year.

Clearing the latest building site was enormously expensive because university buildings contaminated with asbestos and solid concrete Nazi-era bunkers had to be torn down.

DPA

Subject: German news

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