CAIRO: Admission to all Egypt’s museums and archaeological areas will be free for Egyptians and residents on Monday in the occasion of the International Day of Cultural Heritage, the Antiquities Ministry announced in a statement.
“The sites will open for free during official working hours. The decision is not only to celebrate the World Heritage Day but also to encourage tourists to visit these unrivaled sites,” said Antiquities Ministry Khaled Al Anany.
It is also to encourage Egyptians to know more about their history, he added.
Under the slogan, “Know your country through your Heritage,” the ministry will organize a number of cultural events and activities on Monday at Egypt’s archaeological sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, according to the statement.
There are seven World Heritage sites in Egypt, only one of which is a natural site: the Wadi al-Hitan or (Valley of the Whales;) a paleontological site located some 135 kilometers southwest of Cairo. It houses hundreds of fossils of some of the earliest forms of whales.
The other World Heritage sites are: Memphis and its Necropolis, the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshour, The Abu Mena Monastery, Ancient Thebes (modern Luxor,) Historic Cairo, the Saint Catherine area in the Sinai Peninsula, and finally the Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae.