Valley of the Kings
Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
33Trip End Oct 25, 2010
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Met by guide and drive at 7:00 AM again for tour of Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut. Very little time to drive to these temples unlike Cairo where we seem to spend hours on the road. I am not allowed to go out of the hotel complex on my own as they do not feel it is safe. I did not like this until I went on the carriage ride covered in another entry. Very crowded, people want to sell you everything. (Light just went out again. Third time today. Operating on battery pack.) I saw three of the tombs and had to walk down three flights of stairs using my canes and with the help of the guide. They would not let me take any pictures at all and in fact they will confiscate your camera until you delete all your pictures if they catch you with one. They say they believe it harms the paint and some of the tombs have a lot of paintings on the walls. To bad I could not photograph. Lots of guards and soldiers in the complex. Click on the entry for the Valle of The Kings below to see more pictures since I cannot provide them. I did take pictures at the Tomb of Queen Hatshepset and they are below,
VALLEY OF THE KING
The king's formal names and titles are inscribed in his tomb along with his images and statues. Beginning with the 18th Dynasty and ending with the 20th, the kings abandoned Memphis and begun building their tombs in Thebes . Most tombs were cut into the limestone and constructed with three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. These catacombs were harder to rob and were easily concealed. Construction usually lasted six years, and texts in the tombs are from the Book of the Dead, the Book of the Gates and the Book of the Underworld. Nearly all the tombs were robbed. Luckily, the priests collected and hid some of the mummies which have survived until now. The area hasbeen a focus of archaeological and egyptological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest. In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (with its rumours of the Curse of the Pharaohs), and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. In 1979, it became a World Heritage Site, along with the rest of the Theban Necropolis. Exploration, excavation and conservation continues in the valley, and a new tourist centre has recently been opened.
HATSHEPSET - FIRST QUEEN OF EGYPT
This is a very different complex with a new entrance and long walkway and many stairs to get up. I used the scooter to get down to the walkway and climbed the first set of stairs but by this time it was again 40+ degrees and I knew I was overdoing it so I did not go to the top.
Hatshepset is said to be the first femanist and more can be found about her by click on the title. I was able to take a few photographs.
Hatshepsut, meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies, (1508–1458 BC) was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty.The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of the most famous in the world. The queen's architect, Senenmut, designed it. There was a tree lined avenue of sphinxes that led up to the temple with ramps leading from terrace to terrace. Reliefs on the south side of the middle terrace show the queen's expedition down the Red Sea to Punt. Along the front of the upper terrace is a series of Orisis statues.