CAIRO – 24 June 2021: The Tell Basta Museum was built in 2006, and soon after, operations in the museum came to a halt.
Located in Al-Sharqiyah Governorate, the museum was restored in 2017, and was inaugurated in 2018 to display more than 1,000 artifacts from the excavations of Al-Sharqiah Governorate, especially from Tell Basta.
The museum showcases the daily life of the governorate’s residents, in addition to their crafts, customs, traditions, and thought.
Al-Sharqiyah Governorate is distinguished by its ancient history, where the city of Avaris [now known as Tel el-Dabaa], was founded on its land. Avaris was the capital during the Hyksos’ rule.
Additionally, the governorate is home to the city of Pi-Ramesses, built by King Ramses II and currently known as "Qantir". It was taken by King Ramses II as the seat of rule of Egypt.
The governorate also comprises San el-Haggar city, known as Tanis, Which was the capital of Egypt during the 22nd Dynasty, and Tel Fir’awn, which was the capital of the 19th Province of Al-Wajh Al-Bahri.
The Temple of Amun, the largest temple of the sea front Egyptian cities, is located in Al-Sharqiyah.