An inscription at the famous Amun Temple in Luxor carried the legend: “He outmatched the achievements of all kings who came before him.”
It was written by Ramses II about himself and not surprisingly he is accorded in the history of Egypt with the name “Ramses the Great”.
That said, no other pharaoh left behind as many buildings and statues as Ramses II or, arguably, matched his reputation.
From December the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, is hoping to do justice to that reputation. It has created a large cultural and historical exhibition dedicated to the famous pharaoh – the first comprehensive exhibition since the Ramses II Exhibition in Paris 40 years ago.
The Ramses II Exhibition uses models and huge installations that will give visitors a fantastic impression of the monumental temple complexes at Abu Simbel and Ramses’ mortuary temple, the Ramesseum in Thebes. Colossal statues of the king show off the imperial might of this divine ruler.
From December 17 through to June 18, 2017 visitors will be able to view around 250 exhibits from museums all over the world.
A special feature of the Karlsruhe event is the first virtual reconstruction of Ramses II’s capital city, Pi-Ramesse. This reconstruction has been created through close collaboration with the archaeologists working on the site from University College London and the Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim.
A specially created discovery lounge also gives visitors the opportunity to explore the fascinating history of the pharaoh’s mummy. For the first time, visitors can get a complete look at the most powerful personality in ancient Egypt: Ramses the Great, pharaoh, military strategist, diplomat, builder and god.
The exhibition is set to attract international interest and Karlsruhe is preparing to welcome visitors from around the world.
A RAMSES Weekend Offer is being offered that includes a hotel stay of between one and three nights (offer valid Friday to Monday) with breakfast, a Karlsruhe Card with a range of free services, a huge number of discounts, free use of public transport in the city, as well as free entry to the great cultural and historical exhibition “Ramses – Divine Ruler on the Nile”. Prices start from €80 per person in a double room.
More information is available at: www.karlsruhe-tourismus.de/en