Necropolis of Thebes Travel Guide

  • Door lintel at First Pylon
    Door lintel at First Pylon
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  • Offering Scenes
    Offering Scenes
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  • Dwellings at Deir el Medina
    Dwellings at Deir el Medina
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Necropolis of Thebes Things to Do

  • Madinet Habu - Migdol Gate

    Named after a Syrian fortress, the Migdol Gate was built by Ramses III after his victories in Syria. The monumental gate is architecturally unique in Egypt as it was modelled after gates more commonly built in Syria. Two statues of the warrior goddess, Sekhmet, with the head of a lioness, flank the gate. The structure itself is elaborately...

  • Temple of Ramses III - Hypostyle Halls &...

    For centuries, the locals nibbled on stones from the inner-most part of the Temple of Ramses III to construct other edifices, so we are now left with very little of what must have once been a highly impressive series of hypostyle halls. Three such halls preceeded the inner sanctuaries and chapels of the Temple, though only the bases of the...

  • Temple of Ramses III - Second Courtyard

    The Second Pylon leads to the Second Courtyard. It is of a similar size to the first, though bordered on all four sides with porticoes, two of which are lined with Osirid statues of Ramses III. During Coptic times, the Second Courtyard was used as a church and its wall decorations were covered in plaster. As a result the walls have retained much of...

  • Temple of Ramses III - First Courtyard

    Connecting the First and Second Pylons, the First Courtyard of the Temple of Ramses III is bordered by a portico on either side. The right hand portico is lined with statues of Ramses III in the form of the god Osiris, and his queens. The left hand portico has columns with papyrus capitals and gives access to the Palace of Ramses III (now in...

  • Temple of Ramses III - First Pylon

    The enormous First Pylon of the Temple of Ramses III is dedicated to the glory of the Pharaoh. Scenes of offerings of prisoners to the gods dominate the two walls of the Pylon and supplemented with smaller scenes.

  • Madinet Habu - Temple of Ramses III

    The best kept secret in western Thebes, the funerary Temple of Ramses III is often skipped by organised tourist groups. Yet, it is one of the best preserved and largest temples in all of Thebes. Ramses III, a 20th Dynasty Pharaoh, modelled his funerary temple after the Ramesseum (funerary temple of Ramses II). Much of the Temple's decorations...

  • Madinet Habu

    Referred to as Madinet Habu, this temple complex is the largest in Western Thebes and second only to the Complex of Karnak in size. The complex is made up several temples and structures built by various Pharaohs, but the largest and most dominant is the Funerary Temple of Ramses III, a 20th Dynasty Pharaoh. Modelled after the Ramesseum, his...

  • Madinet Habu - Temple of Amun

    Built in the 15th century BC by Pharaoh Thutmosis III, the Temple of Amun is the oldest temple in Madinet Habu. It is much smaller than the funerary Temple of Ramses III, but remained in use for over 15 centuries through Ptolemaic and Roman times. During these latter periods, several expansions occurred, such as the Ptolemaic colonnade and pylon....

  • Deir el-Bahri - The Temple of Hatshepsut

    One of the star temples in the Necropolis of Thebes, the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut was built during her reign in the 15th century BC. She became the defacto ruler while her son, Thutmosis III, was too young to be Pharaoh and she seemed to have had to impose her rule by proving that she was as strong as a man. This is evidenced in her...

  • Deir el-Bahri

    With desert cliffs towering above, Deir el-Bahri is the most dramatic of all temples in Thebes. In fact, it is a complex of mortuary temples and chapels built by several pharoahs from the Middle and New Kingdoms in the Necropolis of Thebes near the edge of the fertile valley. Its name, Deir el-Bahri, derives from the Christian monastery that was...

  • Temple of Hatshepsut - Inner Courtyard

    What was once the hypostyle hall of the Temple of Hatshepsut is now an inner courtyard with few of the columns standing. The courtyard is dominated by the towering cliffs above and is flanked by two chapels, one dedicated to Hatshepsut, the other to Thutmosis. The back end of the courtyard contains the rock-cut Sanctuary of Amun, the most sacred...

  • Temple of Hatshepsut - Upper Terrace

    In contrast to the lower terraces, the third terrace in the Temple of Hatshepsut is quite small. Statues of the Queen in the form of the god Osiris were erected along the terrace and its portico's columns making this part the most spectacular part of the temple. Only seven of these Osirid statues have been restored, but allow us to imagine the...

  • Temple of Hatshepsut - Punt Colonnade

    One of the most celebrated parts of the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Punt Colonnade tells the story of Queen Hatshepsut's expedition to the Land of Punt. Historians have located this distant nation somewhere in east Africa, specifically Ethiopia or Somalia. In an amicable political move, the Queen travelled south bearing gifts for the king of Punt....

  • Deir el-Bahri - Chapel of Hathor

    Dedicated to the goddess of love and happiness, Hathor, this small chapel is adjacent to both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the ruined Temple of Thutmosis III, and dates from the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. In Ancient Egypt, the goddess Hathor is generally represented either as a cow with horns, or as a beautiful woman with the ears and horns of a...

  • Temple of Hatshepsut - Middle Terrace

    The vast middle terrace of the Temple of Hatshepsut contains the more interesting features of the temple. The northern end, along the cliff is unfinished portico with multiple columns. The adjacent corner of the terrace, facing east, is the chapel of Anubis with its colourful hypostyle hall and rock cut inner sanctuary. The two main porticoes on...

  • Temple of Hatshepsut - Lower Terrace

    In the glory days of the Temple of Hatshepsut, the lower or first terrace was the grand entrance into the temple. The vast area was once planted with trees brought back from the Queen's expedition in the Land of Punt (thought to be Ethiopia or Somalia) and an impressive avenue of sphinxes led the way to the first ramp. A dead bark of one of the...

  • Deir el-Medina - Temple & Monastery

    At the far end of the Village of the Artisans, enclosed in a mud-brick wall, is the small Temple of Hathor. Dating back from the Ptolemaic period and probably replacing an older shrine, this Temple and its enclosure were converted into a monastery during the Christian-period. The monastery, called in Arabic Deir el-Medina (deir = monastery) is what...

  • Deir el-Medina - Village of the Artisans

    The entire village where the artisans, who worked on royal tombs, lived with their families has been uncovered by archeologists. Although the village was inhabited well into the Roman-period, its function as the residence of the artisans lasted for only the three centuries leading up until the end of the Ramesside period. The village then housed...

  • Deir el-Bahri - Chapel of Anubis

    Part of the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Chapel of Anubis is located at the northern end of the portico on the second terrace. Anubis is the god of mummification - represented as black jackal - who was believed to have first performed the mummification on the god Osiris. The chapel is remarkably well preserved retaining the most vivid original...

  • Deir el-Bahri - Temple of Thutmosis III

    Sandwiched between the Temple of Hatshepsut and that of Montuhotep, the funerary Temple of Thutmosis III, son of Hatshepsut, lies in ruins today. In its glory days, it was similar in style to the Temple of Hatshepsut, albeit smaller, in that it was multi-terraced and accessible by two ramps. The Temple is not open to the public but archeologists...

  • Valley of the Kings - Al-Qurn Mountain

    Dominating the Theban hills and the Valley of the Kings, the pyramidal al-Qurn Mountain (qurn means "horn") is said to have been one reason for choosing the location of the necropolis of Thebes. The pyramid shape in Ancient Egypt is the link between humans and the gods, hence the use as the top of obelisks and pyramidal tombs. The mountain is...

  • Valley of the Kings - Tomb of Ramses IV

    Judging by the ancient graffiti on the walls of this tomb, it has been open since antiquity. The graffiti includes both Ptolemaic and Christian-period inscriptions. Nonetheless, the original wall etchings and colours are in a fair state of preservation. The tomb is long and descends slightly into the ground, and is composed of several long...

  • Valley of the Queens - Tomb of Prince...

    Opened in 1903, the Tomb of Prince Khaemwast was the 44th tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Queens. It is currently one of only three tombs open to visitors in this valley. Prince Khaemwast was a son of Ramses III and is thought to have died a teenager. His tomb is beautifully decorated with coloured sunken reliefs that are well preserved,...

  • Deir el-Bahri - Temple of Mentuhotep II

    The oldest temple in Deir el-Bahri, the Temple of Mentuhotep II served as a model for the two later-period temples (Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III). Pharaoh Mentuhotep II was the founder of the Middle Kingdom and reigned until around 1982 BC. His funerary temple is in ruins today, yet still conserves the outline of the base. The temple is best...


Necropolis of Thebes Transportation

  • Travelling around the Necropolis of...

    If you are travelling with a large tourist group, then you'll have nothing to worry about. Your group will likely travel by bus around the area, but you'll be one of those unfortunate ones who are stuck with little freedom of decision making! For independent travellers, arranging for private transportation is the only way to visit the tombs and...

  • How to get the Valley

    The Valley is situated 2 kilometers to the North of the Hatshepsut Temple (about 10 kilometers from Luxor). It is possible to reach the valley by bus or by car. Parking and entrance in the valley are on the distance about a kilometer from the tombs. This distance can be overcome on foot. However the heat does not allow to make it with pleasure....

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Necropolis of Thebes Tourist Traps

  • Making photos is allowed!

    However, if you will pass in distant tombs where there are few tourists or where tourists do not go at all the rule on an interdiction to photograph begins to be not such rigid. The profit of my choice KV14 and KV15 was that a guard almost asked me to make a photo. You may see me on the pics inside of the tombs! It’s strictly forbidden you know....

  • Photo and videoshooting are forbidden!

    The main trouble during visiting the valley was the interdiction on photoshooting inside of tombs and on videoshooting in all the territory of the valley. Videocameras should be handed over in the left-luggage office. Vigilant security guards watch tourists do not photograph inside of tombs. Scandal with the purpose of extortion of money rises if...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Necropolis of Thebes Off The Beaten Path

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    Howard Carter’s House

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 26, 2007

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    Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun. His house where he lived during excavations is situated at the hill just nearby the Valley of the Kings. I think few tourists saw his house from the distance.

    Our guide showed it when we were passing it by through the window of the bus. I don’t know whether there is a museum or something like that… But the legendary and inconsistent figure of the pathbreaker of the Tutankhamun Tomb attracts everybody’s attention.

    Howard Carter���s House
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  • Gurna and other local villages...

    Over the centuries, several small local villages with pastel coloured houses developed all over the Necropolis of Thebes. Many of these village were built on top of tombs and may have used building materials from ancient structures. Some believe that, prior to the discovery of the tombs by archeologists in the last 200 years, these villagers...

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride

    While I did not try it, a hot air balloon ride above the Necropolis of Thebes seems like a fun idea. It is popular among visitors and probably gives excellent perspective over the varied layout of the land. Perhaps on my next visit!

  • Tickets

    Admission 70 LE ($13).This ticket allowers to visit three tombs at your choice.To visit Tutankhamun Tomb you should buy the separate ticket. It costs 100 LE ($19).Open hours: from 7.30 till 17.30 (in April).You may watch my 4 min 36 sec VIDEO-Clip on my personal YouTube channel: Egypt Luxor Valley of Kings 2007


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