Valley of the Kings:
This is also know as Valley of the Gates of the Kings.
Monday the 17th We flew from Cairo to Luxor. Luxor, once an Ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world's greatest open-air museum. From the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent sunset views at the majestic temple complexes of Karnr, Roalak, and Luxor. Books have been written about the tombs and temples and our view there is still has much to be told. Tuesday we visited the Valley of the Kings. So far 63 tombs have been unearthed and they are still looking. All except the tomb of Tutankhamun had been looted long ago. We visited 4 tombs with Tutankhamun’s being one of them.
The tombs range in size from a simple pit to a complex tomb with over 120 chambers. Most of royal tombs were decorated with religious texts and images with each of the dynasties having different themes. Our guide is fluent in Egyptian hieroglyphics and it is fascinating watching and listening as he interprets some of the stories cut into the walls of tombs and temples. It amazes us of the high standards the ancient Egyptian achieved in the construction and decoration of the pyramids, tombs, and temples.
We are being overwhelmed, not only by the past, but by the culture we are being exposed to here in Egypt - a long story in and of itself that we may get into later.