Architecture of Room I of the Egyptian Museum
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Architecture of Room I of the Egyptian Museum

Room I opens towards the Simonetti staircase with a monumental portal framed by Egyptian red marble. The Egyptian style of the nineteenth century arrangement of the Barnabite priest, the distinguished Egyptologist, Luigi Ungarelli, introduces the visitor to the world of the pharaohs and this is obtained with a moulded frame in fake pink granite, a material from which the solar disk above the door is also made. The fake inscription painted by Father Ungarelli on the frame of the room says "Come and see the room of the images of Egypt". In the centre of the room is the dark granite statue of Ramses II (19th dyn., 1292-1225 BC) on his throne.