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Josip199
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:15 am    Post subject: Valley of the Kings Reply with quote

Another popular place to witness temples and great monuments in Egypt is The Valley of the Kings. Located just outside of Luxor.

We took a tour bus this time, and I really wish that we hired a private taxi to take us there. It is worth seeing, but as a part of a tour, the day was long and we were stuck exploring on a schedule and could have done without all of the stops at shops and gem stores.

The Valley of the Kings is a giant valley in the desert containing 63 tombs and chambers of Kings and Noblemen. The most famous being King Tut.

Tomb Entrance at Valley of the kings
Tomb Entrance, Valley of the Kings

Note: Hide your camera's and Video cameras when entering Valley of the Kings or they will be confiscated

We had our camera’s and video confiscated at the gates, so unfortunately we didn't take many shots of the Valley of the Kings. We didn’t know that you are not allowed to take photo’s and had our cameras prominently displayed around our necks like sitting ducks. Many people hid their gear in their bags and under their clothes and were taking photo’s regularly. I would have liked to have known that. I would have followed the rules and not take photo’s inside the chambers, but it would have been nice to have some better shots of this beautiful valley. Luckily our little snappy was tucked away.

King Tuts Tomb at Valley of the Kings
The Sign to King Tuts Tomb

We didn’t go inside King Tuts Tomb, our guide said that it is not an impressive tomb compared to the others. We instead went into Rameses VI, Merneptah, and Rameses IV tembles. The chambers are surprisingly large and airy. They have bright paintings on their walls depicting scenes from the book of the dead, and the book of caverns among others.

I was surprised how comfortable I felt inside they were almost cheerful. They were large, bright and colourful giving a sense of peace.

Albeit, there aren’t any sarcophagi left and all jewels and artifacts have either been looted in the past or moved to the Antiquities Museum.

Still a very impressive sight indeed.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some informations and facts contained in this article are wrong or long been outdated :

There is no temple in the Valley of the Kings. Currently there are 64 tombs known in the Valley, not 63. Photographing has been permitted for longer now when you buy a so-called "photo ticket". There are many "sarcophagi" (made of stone) to see in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings. Even some coffins ... The best known is the outermost (first of three anthropoid) coffin from KV 62 - Tutankhamun, made of gilded wood.

Sometimes one should, after using the "copy and paste" option ( Question ), perhaps at least again look over it ... And maybe also remove the placeholders for the non existing images.
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