By Sherine Elsebaie
The Grand Egyptian Museum, in the shadow of Giza's eternal pyramids, has been under construction since 2002. Upon completion (scheduled for 2020), it is expected to have cost US$1 billion, and will have the capacity to display 100,000 artifacts. Until then, Egypt's treasures continue to be housed in the Egyptian museum in downtown Cairo, where they have been since 1902. In its day, this building represented the crowning achievement of all those fighting since the mid-1800s to preserve Egypt’s ancient heritage. Their herculean efforts, driven by the passion and determination of French Egyptologists such as Mariette, will be outlined in this presentation. The masterpieces that have been on display in this building for over 100 years will be vividly described in a virtual tour.