Passport of Pharaoh Ramesses II the Great

In 1976, the Egyptian authorities issued a passport to Pharaoh Ramses II the Great, the third ruler of the 19th Dynasty, who was one of the greatest and longest lived rulers of ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom (he lived in the years 1304-1214 BCE).

How did it happen? In 1975, Maurice Bucaille, a French physician examining his corpse (found in the Valley of the Kings in 1881 and exhibited in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo), concluded that the pharaoh's mummy was at risk of fungus, and treatment should be carried out immediately.

Unfortunately, the complicated procedure was only possible in France, which required a valid passport for the entry of the body of a foreigner. To comply with the regulations and to allow the mummy to be preserved, the Egyptian government issued a passport to Ramesses II. His profession was written as "King".

The mummy landed at Le Bourget airport on September 26th 1976 and, as the New York Times of September 27 read, "was specially treated by airport staff" and welcomed by the French Secretary of State, Alice Saunter-Seite.

On-site research at the Paris Ethnological Museum not only effectively protected the mummy of Ramses II from the fungus, but also confirmed that he had a very fair complexion and curly red hair.

A key discovery during the examination of the mummy in France was sea salt found in the lungs of Ramses II, which clearly indicated that the cause of death was drowning in the sea. After this discovery, the French doctor, Maurice Bucaille, adopted Islam as a religion, because in the holy book of Islam, the Koran (Surah X Jonah, Ajah 92), God says that the body of the pharaoh who persecuted the prophet Moses would remain as a sign for posterity, which was all the proof needed for the French scientist to understand the truth of Islam.

The original passport issued by the Egyptian authorities is not available to the public. The illustration below was commissioned by one of the portals and is for reference only.

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