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“Extremely colourful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)

Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Extremely colourful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

You cant visit Luxor and not take in the sights. The history is breath taking. The colours and the Hieroglyphics in these small tombs is more than worth the effort

Visited August 2013
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“worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

will be good learning about other classes of Egypt`s society..different idea about workers and their life styles.
don`t like un organised area as it `s located amongst inhabited area

Visited June 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

These tombs are truly amazing, they are on a much smaller scale obviously than those that you will find in The Valley of The Kings, however the colours and the detail and the telling of their stories is well worth a visit. I cannot recommend this enough.

Visited February 2014
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Thirsk, United Kingdom
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“keep your eyes open and look up”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

We have been here 5 times and will be going again this year (2014). The previous comments about flash photography is serious. My camera, a Fuji HS10, takes good pictures under nearly all lighting with flash turned off. Make sure you always look up, especially under the lintels, where the paint looks nearly new. Afew years ago I took some pictures of graphiti either here or Seti1 with those of Richard Burton (not the actor) and Gordon of Khartoum. And finally look for the hands, tongues etc carved on the left as you enter the first hall, last year it was dificult to see due to the water table rising

Visited October 2013
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“Three tombs open”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

Most guides will only tell you about the tomb that's right next to the entrance. But there are actually four tombs that may be open (not necessarily all at the same time). Three tombs were open at the time of my visit (in July).

Two of the four tombs are side by side next to the entrance. Inerkhau (TT359) was closed, but that's OK because it's the least impressive of the four. The other tomb, the most famous one, is that of Sennedjem (TT1) (see my review).

Standing in front of these two tombs and facing them, you'll see immediately to your right a small closed gate and a path that leads up towards the back area of the tombs. This is where you'll find Pashedu (TT3). The guards at the entrance might pretend that the tomb is closed to avoid having to walk up to show you where it is. Just insist a little and they'll lead you there (for a small baksheesh of course). Don't miss this one. It's exquisite, with a pair of Anubis painted on either side of the tunnel walls guarding the back room.

The last tomb, Irynefer (TT290) is right next to the temple. The temple is something else that guides may fail to show you because it's at the far end of the site. The temple is small, but its deep reliefs on the inside are beautifully detailed. Well worth a visit. Photos are permitted.

The main ticket includes the temple and the tombs except that of Pashedu which requires a separate ticket. If you just wish to walk around the workers' village, it's free.

Walking to VK:
If you've read my review on the Valley of the Kings, and wish to walk all the way to VK via the back entrance, this is where the trail starts. This trail follows the same ancient path that the tomb builders and artisans used on their way to work 3,500 years ago. It is permitted to walk this route. In fact, there are a few modern huts dotted along the way with a guard in each. They're there to help you. The full trek only takes an hour.

Just to the West of Deir el-Medina, is the start of the trail, which is clearly visible. The start of the trail has been rebuilt into modern steps that lead to the first hut to the North. Continuing North you'll see some more steps and a second hut. Don't go up this second set of steps. Instead, take the path that branches off to the right (North-East) which follows the ridge of the mountain. The drop of the ridge will always be on your right as well as a view of the Nile. Keep going along the ridge for some time until you come across a series of large floodlights inside boxes. Just before the first box, take a sharp left up the mountain (there's a clear short trail) and you'll be treated to a magnificent view of the Valley of the Kings.

Once there, don't forget to spot the mountain that's shaped like a pyramid, which is said to be a potential reason for the chosen location of the pharaohs' secret tombs.

Visited July 2013
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