Fodor's Expert Review Valley of the Queens

The Theban Necropolis Ruins

The Valley of the Queens was also known as Ta Set Neferu, the Place of the Beautiful Ones. Although some 17th- and 18th-Dynasty members of the royal family were buried here, the valley was more widely used for royal burials during the Ramesside period of the following two dynasties.

About 100 tombs were cut into the valley rock. A great number are anonymous and uninscribed; others have extremely delicate and well-preserved paintings. The tombs of Nefertari, Amun-her-khepshef, Thyti, and Khaemwaset are at various points on the path through the valley, starting on the right side of the first fork to the right (Nefertari). That fork continues around a loop to Amun-her-khepshef, and then to Thyti's tombs. Another path leads right before the loop returns to the first fork; at the end of that path is Khaemwaset's tomb. Carry a penlight with you, as the lighting in some tombs is not good.

Ruins Cemetery Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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Thebes, Luxor  Egypt

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Rate Includes: Ticket for two tombs £E35

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