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Her Majesty The Queen in Egypt

Her Majesty Queen Sonja was on an official visit to Egypt to participate in the conclusion of the Ibsen Year and to attend a performance of “Peer Gynt” in Giza.


The official programme:


  • The Queen arrived at the Citadel and visited the Mohammad Ali Mosque, where she was received by Egyptian archaeologist Abdallah Attar and Mrs Iman Abdou
  • The Queen visited the Coptic Museum, where she was received by Museum Director Philip Faltas
  • The Queen visited El-Muallaqa, known as the “Hanging Church”
  • Reception at the ambassador’s residence; the Queen met Norwegian students and Egyptian alumni who have studied in Norway


  • The Queen visited the Supreme Council of Culture (SCC) and was received by Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni and SCC Secretary General Gaber Asfour
  • Opening of the Ibsen seminar: “Ibsen between the Orient and the Occident’’
  • The Queen attended the performance of “Peer Gynt” staged at the base of the Sphinx in Giza


  • The Queen visited the Pyramid of Cheops and was received by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass for a guided tour of the pyramid plateau
  • The Queen visited the Egyptian Museum and was given a guided tour by Museum Director Wafaa Tahaa.


  • The Queen visited the Library of Alexandria and was received by Library Director Dr. Ismail Serageldin
  • Opening of the sculpture exhibition “Ibsen’s Women” by Head of the National Library of Norway Vigdis Moe Skarstein
  • The Queen unveiled the bust of Henrik Ibsen

The official visit was concluded on Sunday, 29 October 2006.

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