Tuna el-Gebel

Tuna el-Gebel, Mallawi: Address, Tuna el-Gebel Reviews: 4.5/5

Tuna el-Gebel
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Catherine S
Bolton, UK6,245 contributions
Fascinating
Nov 2019 • Couples
First we visited the tomb of Petosoris a high priest of Thot who lived around 300BC. The wall paintings are a mix of style from the old kingdom and Greek style.

The Tomb of Isidore dates to the second century AD with little decoration but with the mummy of Isidore on display. who apparently drowned while crossing the river to visit her fiancée, or so the story goes.

Crossing the sand to the catacombs our guide pointed out many pieces of pots which he said are pharonic artefacts......
The visit to the catacombs starts in the small room where the mummification of the sacred birds and animals took place, the heavy odour in there certainly wasn’t of the perfumes used in the process!
Proceeding down the steps we entered the underground catacombs. Firstly, was the most important find made here, the complete mummy of a baboon. We had seen this on Bethany Hughes documentary on Egypt before we left so it was fascinating to see it close up. There were a number of long corridors with compartments for the mummified remains to be stored, some small, and the guardian brought what he told us was a mummified ibis bird. Some large for buffalo although how they got them down I’m not too sure. There was also many remains of the pots which must have contained the plentiful supplies for the next life.
Written 11 November 2019
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Wansbrough2012
Weston super Mare, UK669 contributions
Quite a trek to get to but fascinating all the same
Apr 2019 • Couples
Visited as part of a day tour from a Nile cruise. Quite a remarkable site with all its tombs. We definitely benefited from having a guide who was able to explain much of what we were seeing.
Written 16 June 2019
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Dina Nashed Abdelmessih
Cairo, Egypt35 contributions
Our Rotary visit to Tuna El-Gebel
Apr 2019 • Business
Impressive small but very special temple, with the vivid pharaonic carvings and colors on the walls... proud of my great , rich in history home country , Egypt
I encourage everyone to come, bring their families , especially the young generation, to see our great ancestors, the Pharos, how they excelled in every way .
Written 9 April 2019
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johnbarbaram2016
59 contributions
An excellent temple in Middle Egypt
Mar 2018 • Couples
Long trip in middle Egypt, but the painted scenes were well preserved. I believe most people would benefit having a knowledgeable guide. Scenes of the nobles and the local people. The surprise was the numerous animal catacombs next to the tombs with burials of birds and baboons. Modestly well lighted, safe with armed guards. We were the only foreigners that day. There were many animal mummy stone boxes and clay pots. One priest mummy is still buried in a large carves limestone tomb. On leaving, there is a really fantastic Stellae of Akhenaton, wife and two children.
Written 8 March 2018
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Ashraf S
69 contributions
Unbelievable Colors and Wall Paintings Petosiris Tomb
Feb 2018
Scenery with colorful painting on the facade of the temple and in the 2 internal rooms, scenery of the daily life of the deceased Chief Priest, a Scarabe to guard the tomb from eventual THieves, the Tree of Life, the removalof Internal organs the 12 daily hours represented by babouns/Monkeys and the 12 night hours represented by Cobras, many beautiful sceneries worth an hour visit.

Recommended on a Week day and away from school holidays as it is a local favorite attraction and gets overly crowded with visitors willing to enjoy the open space more than the historical sites.

A Must see though is the Boundary Stelae outside the site's boundaries, acessable through stairs (Not too many) but not visited by visitors, showing an exceptionally maintained wall with Akhenaton and his famous wife Nefertiti worshipping the Sun Aton. All other sculptures of Akhenaton were destroyed by the Luxor Chief priests of Amon to get their revenge from this King who neglected their God. Beautiful Mural.
Written 5 February 2018
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Biancasec
Cairo30 contributions
A much underrated site that is well worth a visit!
Mar 2017 • Solo
I came on a day of terrible sand storm, so could not see much of the surrounding area. However, I was totally struck by the beauty of the scenes and reliefs in the Tomb of Petosiris. The reliefs in the pronaos is a distinct mix if typical Egyptian scenes (e.g. wine making, agriculture, etc) scenes but in greek style (e.g. clothing of the persons depicted). Very interesting and absolutely beautiful!
The tomb of Isadora is quite bare but, her mummy still inside the tomb gives it a special atmosphere.
I was not well informed about the site prior to the visit, so the catacombs were really impressive. The tunnels are well lit and very interesting to explore. Tons of broken pottery is in side tunnels, which are closed or not even excavated. To sneak inside, it is advisable to bring a somewhat strong torch.
Written 20 March 2017
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cwfan
brasschaat, belgium212 contributions
Just beisde the dunes
Jul 2016 • Couples
Several things to be seen. The tomb of Petosiris made like a small temple. It still contains a lot or its original colors. Depicted are plenty of scenes from daily life. A unknown small gem. Next to it another tomb: that of Isadora (with the mummy still in situ). Less ornamented but still nice to see. A rather difficult small stair leads towards the entrance. Next to it still some old tombs (less important).
A few hundred meters away: the catacombs where many hundreds of thousand ibisses and baboons have been buried. A few decades ago one walked amidst all the mummies. Now most of the halls are not accessible anymore, you must try to see anything in the nearly darkness.
All over the area: plenty of tombs which all still have to be excavated.
This place is not very often visited by foreigners.
Near the ticketoffice there is a small resto where one can get some refreshments.
Written 29 July 2016
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kdyj29
Kitzingen, Germany116 contributions
We enjoyed the visit so much
Feb 2016 • Family
We visited Tuna el-Gebel and Hermopolis with a taxi from Mallawi. The price for this trip was 150 EP and it was really worth. Entry fee for Tuna el-Gebel was 30 EP. The location was very interesting because is was actually surrended by sand dunes. We were the only tourists when we were there.
Written 21 July 2016
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Nancy M
New Plymouth, New Zealand115 contributions
Would not recommend taking the time to see this area
Apr 2016 • Couples
Although interesting, this did not rate along with other sites. The catacombs were a real disappointment, and the tombs simply not as interesting as many others.
Written 14 June 2016
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Windowseatview
London, UK370 contributions
Interesting later necropolis in Middle Egypt
May 2016 • Solo
This Necropolis, covered by drifts of sand, with streets of tombs and ruins, mostly still to be excavated, contains highlights such as the Tomb of Petosiris, High priest of Thoth dating from the fourth Century BC, designed like a small temple and decorated in Greco-Egyptian syle, much of it still coloured. The nearby Tomb of Isadora has a sculpted clam-shell over the coffin space, yet otherwise quite bare. Nearby are more ruins, tomb buildings and the atmospheric mummified Ibis and Baboon catacombs dedicated to the scribal God Thoth. An interesting, rarely visited, remote site. Again, you'll probably be escorted by the gun-toting military, which begs the question about much "Egypt is safe to visit" rhetoric.
Written 8 June 2016
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