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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 50 Attractions in Luxor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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Waterville, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Maybe you have to be a historian or an archaeologist to love this as much as I do, but I wanted it to be part of my personal tour during this trip since I had used a book based on shard writings from here (amazing insights into everyday life) in one of my classes. You can go into a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

splendid , less crowded and touristic but much more well adorned and well presserved than the valley of the kings ( overhyped)

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West Sussex, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Loved the site, most interesting to see how the tombs builders lived and died but do be aware of the official workers there, especially if it is a quite time. They lock everything up so they have to go with you. Then they grunt and point at things then ask for money. Just say no and tell them to go... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Often missed out by the 'package' tours (which charge a fortune and then try and take you to expensive shops that give kick backs to the guide), this is a real gem! There's a few tombs open - probably not ideal for those who suffer from claustrophobia, as they are small and with narrow (some quite steep) entrances but try... More 

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Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Well worth a visit to the workers village to see where the builders of the tombs and temples lived and worked. There is a small and beautiful Ptolemaic period temple and the tombs of many of the workers which are beautifully decorated.

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Don't miss the newly-cleaned temple of Hathor! A lot of preserved color! Take a minute to look at the size of the houses and think about living close to the ground, with minimal furniture. More interesting to Egyptology buffs than the casual visitor. Realize we know the names of some of these people and even which houses they lived in.... More 

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

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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