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Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)

Address: | Deir el-Medina, Luxor, Egypt
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Private Tour: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the...
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Ranked #8 of 47 Attractions in Luxor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

After going through all the temples, valley of the Kings, etc. the paintings, to a non-egyptologist like us, begin to look the same - mythical journeys bridging the life beyond and mysterious gods, and ... stuff. But here is a great view of daily life, where and how people lived, and the tomb that is open here has fantastic paintings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

Slightly off the main tourist drag, but do not miss this spectacular site. The two tombs that we visited aren't for the claustrophobic but worth seeing. They depict daily life, farming and musical instruments. The colours are extraordinary and in much better nick than the valley of the kings. The near by temple dedicated to the goddesses Hathor and Maat... More 

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cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

To see the paintings on the wall of the tomb explains how people lived and to see how they lived outside with their stone houses. Need a good Guide. Our was great and learned.

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Llanfairfechan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Behind the scenes view of the workers who built and decorated the tombs of the ancients. Very moving.

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Alton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is well worth a visit. It provides an insight into the way that the tombs of the Pharoahs were built. The artisans were so skilled and produced very different tombs showing family life. The best known is that of Sennifer and must be seen.

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

very quiet as this place is not on the main tourist scheduled. this was a private trip air condition car and English speaking Egyptian guide

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London England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We were interested as the majority of the monuments and sites are linked to the pharaohs and other influential people. Two tombs were open and it was interesting to see how the artisans had prepared their own - as well as seeing the outline of their housing. Close to the tombs was a small temple worth seeing. Only drawback was... More 

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haworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Up in the West Bank is Deir el-Medina about 30 mins drive from Luxor. Known as the Workers Village or Artisans Village many whom worked on the tombs at the Valley of the Kings. Having stopped off just after the Colossi of Memnon, to the small ticket office to purchase the entry ticket 40LE (£3.40ish) a short drive takes you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Unfortunately this site was not a good idea for me, being claustrophobic. I bought the ticket to see the tombs here, but found myself unable to descend down the tiny narrow stairways into the tombs. They are way smaller and narrower than the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, which I had no trouble with. My husband went down... More 

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Deir el Madina or the Valley of the Workers housed the sculptors, masons and painters who created the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. As many were literate, they detailed extracts of their lives on papyri such as labour disputes, who feuded with whom and even details of their intimate lives! Our ticket costs 30LE for adults and... More 

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