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ARTICLE: Tutankhamun-inspired Britain

Highgate Cemetery, Swains Lane, London N6 – the catacombs here evoke the monumental funerary architecture of Ancient Egypt, but were designed by a commercial cemetery company to attract wealthy customers to the more expensive burial spaces (Source: The Telegraph).

“Ninety years after the British discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, Egyptologist Chris Elliot reflects on the legacy of Tutmania with ten sites inspired by Ancient Egypt.

Now that the golden face of Tutankhamun is one of the most familiar images in the world, it is easy to forget that he was once a footnote in the history of Ancient Egypt, an obscure ruler known only from a few inscriptions. All that changed on November 4 1922, when at the bottom of a flight of steps cut into the rock of the Valley of the Kings a door was discovered, with the seals of the necropolis officials still intact” – via The Telegraph.

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2 comments on “ARTICLE: Tutankhamun-inspired Britain

  1. Whaaa, those pieces of egyptomania are wonderful 🙂 ! It makes want to do an egyptomaniac tour of London !
    Have you ever visited the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris ? There are some tombs “égyptisantes” (don’t know the word in English for those items or pieces of architecture made in an Egyptian style?), from the 19th century (probably a result of the infatuation for Egypt after Bonaparte’s campaign in Egypt, and the deciphering of hieroglyphs by Champollion). The most well known of these tombs is, of course, Champollion’s one !
    With architectural egyptomania, Egypt is all around us when we walk on the street, I find it marvelous…
    In Paris there are a lot of monuments with obelisks, sphinx, etc. And even here in Strasbourg, one of the local celebrities, Kléber, was part of the campaign of Egypt ; he’s got his statue in one of the main places of Strasbourg, and there’s a sphinx behind him.

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