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Valley of the Queens

  • 05 16, 2023

Valley of the Queens in Luxor

The most famous of the tombs is that of Nefertari which for many represents the masterpiece of West Thebes.

Three of the tombs that can be visited belong to the sons of Ramesses III, the builder of the great temple of Medinet Habu. The tombs appear as modest catacombs that penetrate the rocky wall and were discovered by an Italian expedition led by Ernesto Schiaparelli at the beginning of the 20th century.

King Ramses III

King Ramses III


Unfortunately, they were already looted at the time, but the interior decorations are preserved in an exceptional way, still constituting a great treasure.

In one of the tombs, the heir to the throne who died of unknown causes at the age of 15 is shown in the paintings in the company of his father, Ramesses III, who introduces him to the gods and guardians of the afterlife. The tomb of Amonherkhepeshef is well preserved, for this reason, it was the main attraction of the valley, before the reopening of the tomb of Queen Nefertari.

Nearby is the Tomb of King Teti, the bride of a pharaoh of the 20th Dynasty. It is a simple tomb but richly decorated with scenes that reproduce Teti and the guardians of the Hereafter, with effigies of Goddess Hathor in a mountainous landscape, in human form while pouring water from the Nile to bring Teti back to life.

All these beauties are however obscured by the Tomb of Nefertari, which is by far the most suggestive.

Considered to be the most beautiful tomb in Egypt, the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the favorite wife of Ramses II, whose name means "The Most Beautiful", was discovered by the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli in 1904. Recently restored to its former glory, it is finely decorated with scenes that evoke the soul's journey into the afterlife.

Let's Know more about the Tomb of Nefertari which is her tomb is there in the Valley of Queens. Queen Nefertari is one of the most beloved wives of King Ramesses II, date of birth: 1300 BC, date of death: 1255 BC Luxor, her husband was King Ramses II.

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The tombs in the Valley of the Queens were constructed to house the remains of the New Kingdom's queens, princesses, and princes.

The Valley of the Queens is an ancient burial site located near Luxor, Egypt. It served as the final resting place for the wives and children of pharaohs during the New Kingdom period.


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