CAIRO – 1 June 2022: The Coptic Museum and Sharm El-Sheikh Museum continue to hold the two temporary archaeological exhibitions on the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt, on the occasion of the anniversary of the entry of the Holy Family into Egypt, which falls on June 1 of each year.
Head of the Museums Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities Moamen Othman said that these two exhibitions were organized previously on March 14, to celebrate the 112th anniversary of establishing the Coptic Museum. As for the Sharm El-Sheikh Museum exhibition, it was organized to coincide with the launch of the activities of the Fourth World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh on January 11, 2022.
Director of the Coptic Museum Jihan Atef said that the museum's exhibition, which bears the title "Escape to Egypt", showcases a collection of 11 artifacts from the museum's holdings, including four manuscripts from the Old and New Testaments, seven rare icons, in addition to collections of modern coins issued by the Mint in 2018 highlighting the stations of the Holy Family's journey in Egypt.
For her part, Myriam Edward, general supervisor of the Sharm El-Sheikh Museum, said that the exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the Coptic Church. It is presented under the title “The Journey of the Holy Family” and consists of a group of 12 artifacts consisting of three manuscripts from the holdings of the Coptic Museum, and nine rare icons displayed for the first time, highlighting some points of the Holy Family's path, including the land of Sinai. These icons were chosen from a number of Egyptian churches.
She pointed out that all the icons displayed date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.