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Valley of the Kings
Thebes on the east bank of the Nile was the land of the living. On the opposite west bank, toward the setting sun, was the Valley of the Kings where mummies of New Kingdom pharaos were placed in tombs cut deep into the rock. The pharaos had abandoned pyramids as graves, after those of their Old Kingdom predecessors were looted. In the Valley of the Kings, the dead pharaoh was left to make the journey to the kingdom of the gods-an afterlife depicted in beautiful decorations on walls of the tomb's chambers and passageways.
Walking round the Valley of the Kings is something I always wanted to do. Yeah I went in them and they were beautiful but come out and lift up your head and it's the scenery that really takes your breath away.
Valley of the Kings
Number one on any list has to be the Valley of the Kings - where all the kings of the ancient world are burried. All the tombs were robbed except Tutankhamun's which was discovered in 1927 by Carter. However the tombs are still worth visitng for their hyroglyphics!
Queen Hatshepsuts temple nearby is superb too.
Karnak temple is , i think, the best temple in egypt, its built over generations but is still in immaculate condition. Its 50 metres long.
Luxor temple is also great.
The markets are good.
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Visit the Kings
Almost all visitors to Luxor visit the Valley of the Kings on the opposite side of the Nile. It is well worth the trip to see the beautifully decorated tombs.
You have to pay to use your camera in the tombs and even then, you aren't allowed to use the flash so the only picture we took in the valley was this one. I believe that it is possible to take a video camera but the charge for using it is quite extortionate - about £10 I think.
Valley of the Kings & Queens
Together with the Temple of Hatshepsut, these valleys are the tourist attraction. The top attraction in the Valley of the Kings is the tomb of Tutankhamun, and your wallet will feel it... EGP40 for this one tomb. For EGP20 you can visit any three of the other tombs.
The top attraction in the Valley of the Queens is the tomb of Queen Nefertari, and a visit to hers costs an astonishing EGP100. For EGP12 you can visit the other tombs.
Important: Drink plenty of water, cover your head and especially: bring something salty (e.g. salty liquorice, crisps or Tuc biscuits) to eat. The heat is killing and drinking water is not enough. Be aware that you are in the middle of the desert! A few hours in the burning sun can cause salt deficiency, and believe me: it takes a while before you feel fine again...
Scientists examine CAT Scan images of Tut.
A CAT Scan compiles multiple high-resolution images to form 3D images of Tut.
Royal Tombs 2
Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone and have 3 corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber.
They are all electrically lighted which makes everything more impressive.
Valley of the Kings 2
We had opportunity to visit three tombs: Ramesses' III and IX and Morenptah's. Here is a tend where you can have break and hide of the sun and take breath after you visited very humidity tombs.
Tomb of Merenptah
The first tomb we entered was the easiest one. It is not too abrupt. All walls are painted and you can see sarcophagi at the bottom.
Tomb of Ramsses IX
The previous two have just one hall leading down. This one has several more where you can see life of Ramesses IX painted on the walls.
Tomb of Tut Ankh Amon
Famous Egyptologist Howard Carter found tomb of Tut Ankh Amon in 1922. Tut Ankh Amon when he had 19 years and the tomb is, they said, nothing special. His treasury is in National Museum in Cairo.
Entrance in Valley of the Kings
You have to pay 20 Egyptian Pounds (7 E.P. = 1 Euro) for entrance in the Valley of the Kings. It includes visiting of three tombs.
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