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Valleys of the Kings and Workers (Luxor)

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The valley of the kings is a large complex with dozens of pharoahs' tombs individually carved underground. We went into 3, all more-or-less the same (unfortunately no pictures were allowed): a long downward-sloping hallway with hierloglyphs (drawings) carved and painted into the walls and ceilings, culminating in a room, about 10x15 ft, which had the sarcophygus and tomb.

The Valley of the Workers was where the workers that worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings lived and were buried. The living quarters of the few hundred people there looks like a maze: all are connected as if in the same building. They weren't allowed to leave the area even during days off because the location of the Valley of the Kings was kept a secret to avoid the type of theft that was common in the pyramids and other visable tomb markers. As a result, during their days off they built their own tombs here, and the tombs looked like the pharoahs' only not as deep and with the heirloglyphs only drawn rather than also carved. Behind the living quarters there is apparently a big impressive temple, but we didn't see it because our tour guide didn't mention it and no one in our group knew about it at the time.
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Posted by chrisvasil 23:50 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites

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