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“Hidden Gem in the Valley of the Kings....Tomb of Ay” 5 of 5 stars
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Tomb of Ay
Western Valley, Luxor, Egypt
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Ranked #17 of 47 Attractions in Luxor
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Luxor, Egypt
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“Hidden Gem in the Valley of the Kings....Tomb of Ay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

The Tomb of Ay - also known as KV 23 - Western Desert, Valley of the Kings, West Bank

I only found out about this tomb recently but really glad I did. Ay was the successor to King Tutankhamun and this tomb was discovered by Belzoni in 1816. It’s located in the Western Valley which branches off at the main entrance to the Valley of the Kings. You have to get your tickets at the central ticket office and the price is around 25 LE £3.

However, you come back outside of the ticket office and take a right turn down a very bumpy dirt track through some rocky mountainous terrain. You cannot walk and will need a car as the journey to the tomb takes around 10 minutes as is well off the beaten track. At times you even feel like you have been transported to another planet and if you get the chance climb up some rocks before the tomb to get fantastic panoramic view of the valley.

This tomb was originally planned for King Tutankhamun, but as he died early into his reign and unexpectedly he was hurriedly buried in another which is now known as KV62 in the main Valley of the Kings. There are bigger tombs with better paintings in the main Valley, but this tomb really is a hidden gem, that not many people know about.

During our visit we were accompanied by a local guard who we found out had worked in the Valley of the Kings for over 30 years. He can’t read or write, and speaks a little English so my Egyptian husband translated for us which was useful.

I was able to open the padlock to the entrance of the tomb and then we descended two relatively steep staircases and corridors which led us into a large rectangular sarcophagus hall. It was great to have the tomb to ourselves it was like having our own private tour. The guard gave us a very insightful, lively and gave an interesting account of the tomb, about Ay and what the hieroglyphics and paintings meant.

The tomb is similar in style to that of Tutankhamun’s in that it depicts twelve baboons which represent the twelve hours of the day and as such Ay is known locally as the ’Tomb of the Baboons’ and the Western Valley is known as the ’Valley of the Monkeys’. We spent about 45 mins marveling at the intricate art work and carvings on the sarcophagus.

I've now been to Ay, three times in the last few months, and every time l find out something new, so if you fancy a private tour without the crowds and for a fraction of the cost of King Tut's tomb, then this is the place for you.

Visited May 2012
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“Lonely Tomb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

The tomb of Ay is one that in the very corner end with only one tomb discovered in front of it. The tomb is very pretty with baboon pictures inside. Worth to visit. And not many visitors here.

Visited June 2012
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“A little gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

A small tomb set in the western valley, the tomb of Ay is a beautiful tomb. Accessed via a long descending ramp/staircase, the tomb consists of a medium sized burial chamber. The King's sarcophagus remains and the decoration is very similar to that of Tutankhamun, but much easier to view

Visited December 2011
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“Lovely tomb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Off the beaten track, free of visitors. When driving to the tomb, you get the impression of what the Valley might have looked like before all the excavations.

Visited April 2012
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“Don't miss out by missing this tomb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

This tomb is well worth seeing. Get a taxi and take the 2k drive up the track - you usually have to stop and pick up the Guardian, or he will follow up on his motorbike. There are quite a few steps down, but its a marvellous sight, and you will have the tomb all to yourself.

Make sure you don't miss this one.

Visited April 2012
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