The Mummy Film Locations

a landscape view of the temple of luxor in egypt, one of the movie locations of the mummy brought to you by Jaya Travel.

Join Jaya for a new edition of “On Location” as we explore the real-life sets for scenes from the 1999 adventure horror film The MummyInterestingly, the Mummy film locations were not shot in the country you might expect.

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The Mummy Synopsis

Director: Stephen Sommers | Run time: 2 hr 4 min | Genre: action, adventure, fantasy | Rating: PG-13

In ancient Egypt, high priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) started a forbidden relationship with Pharaoh Seti’s Mistress. When Seti finds out about what’s going on, Imhotep and his loved one can’t escape the trustworthy guards.

More than thirty-six centuries later, in 1923, adventurer Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) leads Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) and her brother Jonathan (John Hannah) to the mysterious city of  Hamunaptra. While Jonathan is keen on finding treasures, Evelyn wants to search for an important book to cement her position amongst Egyptologists. Unfortunately, they and a rivaling group of American adventurers free Imhotep’s mummy.

Now, with the evil high priest on the loose, the adventurers face not only a dangerous enemy but also a massive threat to the world. Imhotep wants to bring his mistress back to life using Evelyn’s body.

Film Locations from the Mummy

Marrakech, Morocco

While many of the film’s scenes are meant to take place in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, The Mummy could not be filmed in Egypt at the time. Unfortunately, the region was unstable politically. Thankfully, Morocco has no shortage of incredible film locations. Marrakech served as the substitute Cairo for many of the city scenes.

the beautiful city of morocco which was used as the film locations for the movie the mummy which you can travel and tour with Jaya.
Crews couldn’t film in Egypt due to an unstable political situation so Marrakech served as the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

La Mamounia Resort

the beautiful mosaic fountain in the resort that was a movie locations for the mummy and which you can travel to with Jaya Travel & Tours.
This is the fountain that ran red with blood when the adventurers released the curse.

The La Mamounia Resort was the location of Rick, Evie, and Jonathan’s hotel room while staying in “Cairo.” After releasing the curse and coming back to the hotel, the mummy breaks in to (unsuccessfully) kidnap Evelyn. The lobby of the resort is open to explore, but booking a hotel room inside will be much better! Jaya Travel & Tours can even get you a room that looks like Evelyn’s.

the hotel room in Marrakech that is the movie locations of the mummy and where Jaya Travel & Tours can book overnight reservations at.
Although the rooms have modern features, they still look similar to Evelyn's room in The Mummy.

Aït Ben Haddou

If you recognize this place, it’s probably because some of the most epic films in cinema history have been filmed here. James BondGladiatorGame of ThronesKingdom of Heaven, and more have all utilized this fascinating site for movie scenes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aït Ben Haddou dates to around the 1600s C.E. Originally, it was a stop on the trade route between Sudan and Marrakech.

The red city, Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, is located in the Province of Ouarzazate, Morocco. The Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou has been used as a filming location for dozens as movies (including Gladiator, James Bond, and The Mummy) as Jaya Travel & Tours proves in their "on location" travel blog series.
Aït Ben Haddou has served in many epic films besides the Mummy.

Gara Medouar

About 12 miles southwest of the city of Erfoud lies a plateau called Gara Medouar. In the 11th century C.E., it held a fortress by local tribes due to its strategic position. Here the mystical city of Hamunaptra was constructed in its entirety. In fact, both panoramic shots and scenes within the city were filmed here.

a wide view of the sandy desert of gara medouar in morocco where the mummy was filmed and the theme for Jaya Travel & Tours new On Location.
It was from an angle similar to this one that Rick revealed the hidden city to the group.

Discover Morocco with Jaya

If you’d like to experience your own desert adventure, call Jaya Travel! We’re happy to arrange a custom tour to any of these Mummy film locations or even a trip to see real ones in Egypt.

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