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“Valley of the Queens”

Ranked #3 of 83 things to do in Luxor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 April 2018

After our visit to the valley of the kings, we went to visit the valley of the queens, where the queens of Pharoahs and other Royal ladies were buried. There are some 75 tombs here. As in the valley of the kings, the entry ticket gave us access to three of the tombs. We visited three tombs which were smaller and less majestic than those in the other valley.
Our main purpose of visiting the valley of the queens was to see the tomb of Nefertari, believed to be the finest and most beautiful tomb in all Egypt. We had to pay a hefty additional fee of 1000 Egyptian pounds for entry into this tomb.
Nefertari was one of the many wives of Ramses II and evidently his most favourite. Ramse II ruled Egypt for 67 years and is known for his numerous and colossal monuments. The tomb of Nefertari is seen as a shrine to her beauty and a monument of Ramses's love for her. The walls of the three chambers and the connecting corridors are covered with breathtakingly beautiful scenes in unbelievably vivid and vibrant colours. Nefertari, shown in the company of gods, is clad in a divinely transparent white gown and wears a golden head dress with two long feathers extending from the back of a vulture. The walls also show texts from the Book of the Dead. The ceiling of the tomb is covered with golden stars.
Entry into the tomb of Nefertari is regulated and one is not allowed to stay more than 20 minutes inside the tomb. Unlike in other places in Egypt, the guardians here appear to be rather strict about enforcing the rules.
I would recommend a visit to the tomb of Nefertari despite its high cost. Physically, the tomb is easy to negotiate.

2  Thank Ayub Q
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

It is one of the best tomb till that, the art work is still at its best with magnificent colors.
Entry price is 1000 EGP, ll suggest to explore some less renowned tombs which have their artworks still intact just like tomb of Nefertari.

1  Thank wizzybizzy
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

The Valleys of the Kings and Queens are full of stunning tombs but this topped the lot. The entrance fee puts visitors off, but it is well worth the price. If you are lucky, you may have it to yourselves as we did.

Thank Stephen G
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

So glad we paid the 1,000 Egyptian pounds to see thus. It looked like it was painted yesterday. There is NO photography allowed so you cannot get a photo ticket for this. You have to leave bags and back packs behind and only around 6 people at a time go in and you get 10 minutes only in the tomb. The most breathtakingly lovely paintings ever- so fresh they could have been painted yesterday

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The tomb of Nefertari is without question one of the most beautiful and best preserved in either the Valley of the Kings or Queens.
We were on a tour with Archaeological Paths and actually paid a huge premium to see it: $190 vs the 1000 Egyptian pounds (~USD 55 at current exchange rate of 17.6 Egyptian pounds to the US dollar). In addition, they failed to inform us that the time limit inside is only 10 minutes. Even so, if you are aware of this, read up on the tomb in advance (one place is American University of Cairo Luxor guide by Kent Weeks or, of course, access the information on line), it is well worth a visit. It is a large tomb with very colorful paintings many of which appear still in their glory 3000 years on! I think the 10 minute limit is supposed to somehow "preserve" the paintings; the Kent Weeks guide said there is still a question of their "stability" but our local guide insisted the preservation was "complete" (which would, of course, beg the question on why the time limit).
Even given all of the above, I would absolutely recommend this as a "must see" on a visit to the Luxor area.

Thank K B
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