Valley of the Queens

Once the final resting place for officials and nobles the 80 or so tombs that have so far been discovered in the Valley of the Queens indicate that the site was taken over for use by royalty sometime in the 19th Dynasty, around 1320BCE. Previously the Queens and their children were buried with their husbands but this practice changed.

The most famous tomb and perhaps the best in all Egypt belongs to Nefetari, wife of Ramses II however is not always open, and indeed when it is only 150 people per day are allowed to visit in order to control humidity levels. The principle tomb to see after Nefertari’s is that of Amunherkhepshef, eldest son of Ramses III with well preserved illustrations including some from the Book of the Gates and the remains of a stillborn foetus displayed in a glass case.

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