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Luxor Tombs

The tombs can be found in the Valley of the Kings and in the Valley of the Queens. But also tombs of the nobles and of the workers are of great importance. Some of the tombs could be closed for restoration without prior notice.

        Tombs in the Valley of the Kings
The canyon, once called the "Gates of the Kings", is now known as the Valley of the Kings. It is a place of death, as once the great kings were buried there in great stone sarcophagi.

Tomb of Senned

                Tutankhamun (no.62)
This tomb made history because it is the single one which remained nearly intact until it was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. Tutankhamun was son-in-law of king Akhenaten. Unlike its contents the tomb itself is very modest, perhaps because it was built in great haste as a result of the unexpected death of the young king. The stone sarcophagus and the bigger wooden coffin still containing the mummy are left in the burial chamber.

Tomb of Senned

             Tomb of Thutmosis III
Very impressive are the paintings, which for their concise graphic style are considered among the most beautiful in the valley, showing all twelve hours of the night in ancient Egyptian mythology.

      Tombs in the Valley of the Queens
In this valley 74 tombs of queens, princes and princesses from the 18th to the 20th dynasty were discovered.

Tomb of Senned

          Tomb of Cha-em Waset (no.44)
He was a son of Ramses III.

The Tombs of the Nobles and the Workers:

              Tomb of Menena (no.69)
Lived in the time of Thutmosis IV. The paintings in his tomb are very vivid. The decoration depicts scenes which are among the most elegant in the whole necropolis.

Tomb of a Noble

       The Tomb of Sennedjem (no.1)
The tomb consists of only a single arched coffin-chamber, but its decoration is unique. On one side of the tomb, Senned Jem, who is accompanied by his wife, is painted working in the fields of Iaru (paradise), ploughing, sowing and harvesting grain. On the other side of the tomb Senned Jem is shown, worshipping gods in the after-life.

Valley of the Kings

The valley consists of two branches, the east and west valleys, the former containing most of the royal burial sites. The tombs, carved in rock, were designed to resemble the underworld.

                   Tomb of Seti I (no.17)
It is one of the biggest and at the same time one of the most beautiful tombs of a king. The tomb is about 100 metres long and was built on two axes carved into limestone. it consists of several chambers, most of them decorated with scenes of the king being introduced into the underworld.

Tomb in Valley of Kings

Most of the other treasures found in the tomb, are exhibited in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

               Tomb of Haremhab (no.57)

An unfinished tomb in which all steps taken by ancient Egyptian artists to build a tomb can be studied.

                   Tomb of Ramses III
Built on two axes and decorated with beautiful colours.

Tomb in Valley of the Kings

                Tomb of Nefertari (no.66)

Nefertari was the wife of Ramses II. Her tomb is very impressive and beautiful.

One should also visit the tombs of:

       Tomb of Amun-her-Chepeshef (no.55)
He was a son of Ramses III.

               Tomb of Queen Titi (no.52)
She was a wife of Ramses.

Tomb of a Noble

             The Tomb of Ramose (no.55)
One of the state officials during the reign of Amenophis III and Akhenaton, very interesting because it elucidates the style change of this time.

               The Tomb of Nakht (no.52)
One of the astronomers of king Thutmosis IV. Only the vestibule is decorated and it shows scenes of the growing of wheat, the harvest, hunting and fishing.

Tomb of a Noble


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