Egypt has opened up a 4500-year-old tomb to the public for the very first time in an attempt to bring tourists back to the country.
There are a number of destinations that roll off the tongue when it comes to listing some of the most popular places to visit in the world, no matter where you might be. London, New York, Rome, Paris, Bali, the list goes on and on. One country that tourists once flocked to was Egypt, but not so much anymore.
Egypt is, of course, home to some of the most iconic structures on the planet, the pyramids. They have stood for thousands of years and act as tombs to the pharoahs who once ruled the country. Looking at them from the outside is pretty remarkable, and only a select few have ever been allowed to step inside some of Eygpt's pharaonic tombs, until now.
The tomb dates back to around 4500 years ago and has recently been opened up to the public for the very first time. According to The Mirror, the tomb was discovered in 1940 by an Egyptologist named Zaki Saad. It is the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official named Mehu who held 48 different titles before he passed away over 4000 years ago. Mehu's son and grandson were also laid to rest in the tomb.
Mehu was apparently related to the leader of Egypt at the time, King Pepi, hence his titles and his family's tomb. King Pepi's reign dates all the way back to the sixth dynasty. Allowing people to visit the tomb for the first time is part of a bid to bring tourists back to Egypt. Ever since the political issues the country underwent in 2011, the number of people visiting Egypt has dropped drastically.
Egypt has a lot to offer in terms of culture, food, history, and sights for tourists visiting the country; it wasn't a popular destination in the past by accident. The nation has undergone a lot of change in the past decade and it's understandable that people have been reluctant to spend their holiday there. Hopefully, the opening of this fascinating piece of history to the public will prove to be a step in the right direction.