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Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)

| Deir el-Medina, Luxor, Egypt
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Ranked #5 of 48 attractions in Luxor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Deir al-Medina was inhabited by the laborers, craftsmen, painters, and carvers who worked on the royal tombs nearby.  Just south of the Valley of the... more »
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The two tombs that were open were both accessed by separate short, steep, uneven staircases - watch the headroom as well as some parts are very low indeed. I found that in a couple of areas during each descent it was easier to turn around and go backwards (carefully)! The tombs are best visited in very small groups. Guides are... More

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A moving testimony of the extraordinary talents gathered by the pharaons among the crowds of artisans who built the many temples and graves of Luxor and Thebes.

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This was a definite favourite! We climbed 'the mountain' behind Deir El Medina, the highest point in the Theban Hills, and the view was incredible, along with a refreshing breeze. The local policemen are situated half way up 'the mountain' and were so friendly and welcoming, they escorted us and introduced us to their friends. They were really helpful as... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The ruins of where the tomb workers lived was amazing. The true attraction is the tomb of the foreman. It is painted, not carved and is probably the best preserved tomb in all of Egypt. Simply awesome

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I was shocked to see so few visitors to Deir el-Medina when I thought it was one of the most interesting and beautiful sights. We were lucky and experienced a practically newly discovered tomb with its magnificent art work. Even our guide was impressed but said tourists did not often ask to visit as the main attraction was The Valley... More

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Havant
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Hadn't heard about this until we were in Luxor, but it is definitely worth a visit. It's good to see how the ordinary people lived too.

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Rome, Italy
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180 reviews 180 reviews
92 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Just when you think that you have seen it all, another unexpected surprise pops up and takes you by storm. Once again, not many people come here and I really do not understand why. Do people ever look into guide books before travelling or do they only buy a trip from a catalogue off the shelf in some tourist agency?... More

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Northfleet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 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

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Cairo, Egypt
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 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

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Wirral
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 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.

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