The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities confirmed, on Saturday, that the solar vehicle of the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, dating back about 4,600 years and still in its original condition, has arrived at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is scheduled to open soon near the Pyramids of Giza.
King Khufu's first chariot, which was discovered in 1954, at the southern side of the Great Pyramid, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu, which is the largest of the three pyramids in Giza and includes the tomb of Khufu.
The solar boats were buried in pits next to the royal tombs, where, according to Pharaonic beliefs, they were supposed to transport the deceased to the afterlife.
The ministry pointed out that the Khufu boat, which is 42 meters long and weighs 20 tons, is "the largest, oldest and most important organic relic made of wood in human history."
The official Middle East News Agency stated that the transfer process took place through a special remote-controlled vehicle imported from Belgium, and it started on Friday evening, and took ten hours.