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.
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