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Maqābir al Mulūk

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  • Day8

    Valley of the Kings

    May 15, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    This morning was very special. We got up at 3.15 am to go ballooning over the Valley of the Kings. All I can say is “wow”!

    We were in a basket with a bunch of giggling Japanese girls, some Brits, an Aussie and a delightful Brazilian guy.

    Our balloon was the first one up, and we soared high above the other balloons, then rotated to view the Nile and the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Hatshepsut’s Temple was large and spectacular.

    Watching the sunrise over the Nile was surreal.

    We landed in a desert region just before 6am, and the process of the team to pack up was amazing. Little boys came surging toward us on donkeys, but our ballon pilot warned us not to give them money, as they would start fighting if they all didn’t get some...

    We were collected by Hany and our driver, and had our packed breakfast in a cafe, with hot sweet mint tea, which was delicious! Then, off to our next adventure...
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  • Day8

    Part two: Valley of the Kings

    May 15, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    After breakfast, we headed to the Valley of the Kings. So called because over sixty Pharoahs were entombed here. The day was very hot - at 6.30am is was already 36 degrees, so we had to pace ourselves. We entered three tombs here, unfortunately the tomb of Tutankhamen was not one of them.

    The first tomb was of Rameses IV, it was very colourful and short, as he died not long into the building of the tomb, which starts on their day of accession, until 70 after their death (the length of time of the mummification process). Some of the tombs are larger, and deeper with lots of elaborate glyphs and colour.

    Tutankhamen ‘s tomb was undiscovered until 1922 due to having a later pharoah’s tomb built on top. His mummified remain are inside, the only ones left in situ. Photos are not allowed inside, even with the exorbitant photography pass!
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  • Day7

    Valley of the Kings and Queens

    March 10, 2020 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Settled into the Royal Lily but before we leave Luxor there are some more temples to visit, namely the Valley of the Kings and Queens

    In the Valley of the Kings we visited 4 tombs. When a king (pharoah) comes into power, workers are commissioned to prepare the burial tomb. Digging, cutting, decorating each chamber and moving on. As soon as the pharoah dies, work ceases and is prepared for the burial. So if a pharoah lives a long time, the burial chamber can be quite long. Some of them are beautifully ornate.

    Next we visited the Temple of Hatshepsut ( say Hat cheap suit), a mortuary temple of the Pharoah Hatshepsut. It is quite an impressive building cut into the rocky cliffs.

    Final stop was Valley of the Queens which is much the same as Valley of the Kings but is the burial place for wives of pharoahs. One tomb even held the miscarried fetus of a pharoahs wife. Incredible to see the colours on the scenes are so well preserved.

    Back on the boat for lunch and we set sail for Edfu. A very relaxing afternoon after the busy morning.
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  • Day101

    Louxor 2

    November 13, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Journée sur la rive Ouest du Nil, où se trouve la plus grande partie des sites archéologiques. Visite du temple mortuaire de Hatshepsut, une femme phararon (pharaonne?) du 2e millénaire avant JC. Chaleur écrasante dans la Vallée des rois. Les peintures des tombes sont dans un état remarquable. Bon, on ne comprend rien à toutes ces petits hiéroglyphes qui recouvrent les murs... mais ça fait un petit effet déco sympathique. Pour terminer on cherche de l'ombre au magnifique temple de Medinet Habu et on retraverse le Nil en bateau. A la fin c'était un peu le bazar, le guide a failli étrangler un touriste chinois qui était pris dans une frénésie photographique interminable pile au moment de partir et des Américains qui voulaient absolument aller au McDo. Un Egyptien expliquait à des Coréens qu'ici les gens aimaient deux choses : le hashish et la bière. Ah bon?Read more

  • Day2

    Tal der Könige, Ägypten

    November 27, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Das Tal der Könige – gelegen in der Nähe des altägyptischen Theben, heute etwa 5 km nordwestlich des Zentrums der oberägyptischen Stadt Luxor – war eine Nekropole im Alten Ägypten, in der bis heute 64 Gräber und Gruben aufgefunden wurden.Read more

  • Day11

    Valley of the Kings/Temple of Hatshepsut

    January 19, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ 🌫 4 °C

    Off to the West Bank today to visit the Valley of the Kings. Photos are very limited unless you buy the photo ticket for 300 LE. As our entry ticket only included 3 tombs, I opted out and spent 250 LE instead to visit the tomb of King Tut where his mummy lies in an environment controlled glass (or some other clear material) box. But let's save Tut for later.

    The valley was hidden for a long time from the general public back then to protect the tombs of the kings from looters, but these tombs required a lot of workers. So how was it kept a secret for so long? Well, we tossed around a few (and cruel) ideas, but it turns out the 1st king built a village on the far side of the valley for the artisans, workers and their families so that they could live there and never return to the East Bank to tell anyone.

    I think the Valley of the Kings has one of the best visitor centres. There's a full model showing the valley and the locations of the tombs underneath so you could see how deep and how long each was. Today, we would visit the tombs of Tausert/Setnakht, Ramses III and Merenptah. Each of these tombs had colored hieroglyphics in their tunnels and burial chambers, some still quite vivid. My favorite was that of Ramses III, there was just something about the decor in the tunnel leading down into the chamber.

    The story of Tausert and Setnakht is an interesting one. Long story short, Queen Tausert first rested there, and Setnakht was cutting his tomb somewhere else, when he ran into a problem where this tomb would break through the walls of another king, so he looked nearby and decided to take over that of Tausert. Merenptah would later cut his tomb from where Setnakht originally left off, but shifted the tunnel over as to not break the wall of another tomb. At least, that's what my memory recalls. Our guide also trained as an Egyptologist so he was full of information.

    Leaving the Valley of the Kings, we headed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, another impressive complex where we had plenty of time to wander. Where we hadn't taken photos of colored hieroglyphics earlier, we certainly could here.
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  • Day2

    Tal der Könige, Ägypten

    November 27, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Grabkammer von Ramses lll

  • Day29

    Day 28: Valley of the Kings

    April 2, 2011 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Early start again to visit one of the highlights of Egypt, the Valley of the Kings. This is where all the ancient pharoahs were buried, hidden away in giant crypts dug into the desert. Luxor was the ancient capital (aka Memphis), and this was their burial ground. I actually didn't take any photos, since photography inside the temples isn't permitted, and outside isn't actually very interesting (just cave-style doorways, essentially). Inside was beautiful though, the colours of the paintings are incredible and it's difficult to believe they've been preserved so perfectly for several thousand years.

    We visited the tomb of Tutankhamun, but it's surprisingly small compared to many others. Later on we also visited the giant temple of Queen Hapshepsut built into a nearby cliff.
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  • Day2

    Tal der Könige

    February 21, 2014 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Unsere nächste Station heute ist gleich der nächste Höhepunkt:
    Das Tal der Könige!

    Im Tal der Könige, genauer gesagt in den Gräbern im Tal der Könige herrscht wegen der Wandmalereien ein Fotografierverbot. Aus diesem Grund gibts vom Tal der Könige nur dieses eine Foto von außen, auf dem der pyramidenförmige Berg Horn zu sehen ist. Da Pharao eine Pyramidenform braucht um zu den himmlischen Göttern aufzusteigen, fiel die Wahl auf dieses Tal.

    Wir besichtigen die farbenprächtigen und teilweise wunderschön restaurierten Gräber der Pharaonen Ramses IV., Ramses IX. und Ramses III. Die Wände der Gräber sind mit zahlreichen Szenen des Totenbuchs ausgeschmückt, und erzählen von der Reise des Pharaos durch die 12stündige Nacht, wo er zahlreiche Prüfungen zu bestehen hat. Am Ende der Nacht folgt eine Art jüngstes Gericht, wo das Herz des Pharaos gegen eine Feder aufgewogen wird. Ist das Herz rein, so kann der verstorbene Pharao gemeinsam mit dem Sonnengott Re am nächsten Morgen wieder auferstehen (oder wie unser Reiseleiter Ahmed so schön sagte: "Isch hab' nix gemacht!")

    Als letztes besuchen wir noch das Grab des Tutanchamun, eigentlich das kleinste und unspektakulärste der Gräber im Tal der Könige. Durch seine Entdeckungsgeschichte aber, und die Bilder der prächtigen Grabbeigaben im Kopf, ist es sicher einer der großartigsten Momente dieser Reise, wo Hase und Ritter ganz alleine in diesem berühmtesten aller Gräber stehen...
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  • Day3

    Tal der Könige

    October 15, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Wer in Luxor ist, schaut sich zweifellos das Tal der Könige an. Das galt natürlich auch für uns. Für die Besichtigung des Grabes von Tut Ench Amun ist neben dem allgemeinen Eintritt ein zusätzlicher Obolus zu entrichten. Ashraff riet uns davon ab. Alles aus dem Grab sei auch in Kairo im Ägyptischen Museum zu bewundern. Dort würden wir ja auch noch hin fahren. So schauten wir uns das Grab von Ramses IV an. Es zählt zu den am Besten erhaltenen Grabstellen. Wie gut, dass wir mit Ashraff unterwegs waren, sonst hätten wir eine falsche Entscheidung getroffen. Und wieder kamen wir ohne Wartezeit und große Menschenmassen gut durch. Als wir mit unserer Besichtigungstour fertig waren, strömten riesige Touristengruppen ins Tal. Vor vielen Gräbern bildeten sich enorme Warteschlangen. Wir fuhren weiter zu den Alabaster Werkstätten. Dort erlebten wir eine typische Touristenshow, die uns Ashraff nicht vorenthalten wollte.Read more

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Maqābir al Mulūk, Maqabir al Muluk, مقابر الملوك