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Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)

| Deir el-Medina, Luxor, Egypt
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Ranked #6 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Small tombs, with some crouching for access. Bright colourful painted walls. Ruin of the village outside.

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NYC
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A look into the lives of the more common people of egypt. You have the tombs and get to see the foundations/layout of the homes they lived in. Cool mini pyramids as well.

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Luxor, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

you would be able to see the real life of the old Egyptians as it was because of the real ..........

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

When you purchase the ticket for Deir el-Medina (LE 40) they also suggest that you pay another LE15 for the Tomb of Pashendu as the official tickets are not available at the site. I have limited mobility and as the ticket taker at the site is situated up a steep flight of stairs, by the time I had climbed up... More

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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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