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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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • Day10

    Luxor & Valley of the Kings

    April 21, 2013 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    🧭🌍Luxor and Valley of the Kings Excursion. (14hr)

    We departed from Safaga in a private convoy for a journey lasted approximately 3 1/2 hours. During the trip we enjoyed the unfolding vistas of barren mountains, flat desert and fertile areas as the first present given to us by the Upper Egypt.
    Arriving Luxor our first stop was at the greatest place of worship in history, the breathtaking Karnak Temple with its unique hypostyle hall, sacred lake and avenue of the Sphinxes.
    We then took some relax and enjoyed a sumptuous buffet lunch in a deluxe hotel on the river of the Nile.
    After lunch, we drove across the Nile to hits west bank were the valley of The Kings is situated. We had the chance to visit most of the tombs in the valley. Something we will never forget. Driving past Deir El Bahari, we viewed the finest building in Egypt a monument masterpiece and one of the most impressive in the World, the magnificent funerary temple of the Queen Hatshepsut.
    Before crossing to the East bank we stopped to take a shot of the at the famous statues of Amenophis III, also known as the Colossi of Memnon, standing exactly where they once flanked the entrance to the Temple 5000 ago. Our imagination soared and with the mind's eye witness the glorious entrance to the temple by Alexandre the Great, a good paying his respects to another. We then stop and enjoyed the Luxor temple.

    📌SOME INFO ABOUT LUXOR
    Luxor (/ˈlʌksɔːr, ˈlʊk-/; Arabic: الأقصر‎ l-aqṣur Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈloʔsˤoɾ], Upper Egyptian pronunciation: [ˈloɡsˤor]; Coptic: ⲡⲁⲡⲉ babe) is a city in Upper (southern) Egypt and the capital of Luxor Governorate. The population numbers 506,535 (2012 estimate), with an area of approximately 417 square kilometres (161 sq mi).
    The modern city sprawls to the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Waset, also known as Nut (Coptic: ⲛⲏ) and to the Greeks as Thebes or Diospolis, Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open-air museum", as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs of the west bank Necropolis, which includes the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.

    📌SOME INFO ABOUT THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS
    The Valley of the Kings (Arabic: وادي الملوك‎ Wādī al Mulūk; Coptic: ϫⲏⲙⲉ, romanized: džēme), also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings (Arabic: وادي ابواب الملوك‎ Wādī Abwāb al Mulūk), is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt).
    The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The wadi consists of two valleys, East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs are situated) and West Valley.
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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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Maqābir al Mulūk, Maqabir al Muluk, مقابر الملوك

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