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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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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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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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