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Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)

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Address: | Deir el-Medina, Luxor, Egypt
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after several days of temples and tombs, it was wonderful to see how the artisans lived BEFORE they died. Too bad More tourists don't visit this amazing site. Yes, there are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

after several days of temples and tombs, it was wonderful to see how the artisans lived BEFORE they died. Too bad More tourists don't visit this amazing site. Yes, there are some amazing tombs too. But they are tombs of the artisans, rather than kings so not on the top10 visit list. But they are better preserved than the big... More 

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Round Rock, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is an often overlooked location, but it is well worth the visit. It has the best preserved tombs in Luxor - the quality of the paint that remains is incredible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is so worth taking the time to see. There are so many options when it comes to tomb of the nobles and mortuary temples but this is the only place that I know of where you can see and learn about how the people that built and kept the temples and tombs lived and died themselves. It's cool to... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is where you can see the plans and instructions -- on the walls the artists drew out the technique used to prepare their walls. Kings are okay but these are the people who made them kings.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The Valley of the Artisans is well worth a visit. Its easy to get to, as its one of the closest attractions to the ticket office for the West Bank and perfect to combine with a visit to Medinet Habu and the Ramesseum. The tombs give a different aspect to Ancient life than the Valleys of The Kings,Queens or Nobles,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Great paintings still in what looks like mint conditions. They were also more interesting and varied than most tombs that had standard religious themes. Only 2 tombs and 1 temple were open while we were here, however. This was also the only place we got asked for baksheesh - probably because there didn't seem to be as much structure here... More 

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Puerto Del Carmen, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a fascinating place, the remains of the village where the workers lived while they were building the tombs in the kings valley. There are three tombs here that the workers built for their selves and are truly beautiful. They are small in comparison to the ones in the kings valley but are well worth a look. They are... More 

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Here, you can see the city and the tombs of the workers who supported the construction of the Valleys of the Kings & Queens. With a guide, you can learn about everyday life in the New Kingdom-- religious practices, foodways, social structure, etc. And the tombs are not only well-preserved, but they depict all kinds of scenes you would not... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Some of the most amazing tomb art can be found in the tomb workers tombs. Vibrant depictions of daily life that you could sit and look at for hours. Some tombs' artwork is almost entirely intact. You used to be able to wander around the village ruins here(20 years ago) but now it seems to be closed off from visitors,... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This arid valley was the home to the workers who toiled to make the Tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Obviously after 3000 years or so all that remains are the outlines of the "houses" How they managed to exist in such conditions is hard to understand. There is also a temple to visit and access to... More 

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