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“Worth seeing if you're passing”
Review of Qurna Village

Ranked #42 of 85 things to do in Luxor
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Otley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Worth seeing if you're passing”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Architecture students apparently flock to New Qurna, especially those from France and Germany, to see the mud brick houses and mosque designed by the famous architect Hassan Fathy in (I think) the 1950s. We stopped for a look at the mosque and found that a family who live in a house in the same street welcome visitors (a tip is appreciated, and probably expected). We had a guided tour by an English-speaking family member and, although it was quite interesting, I suspect that only architecture buffs would want to go out of their way to visit. Fortunately, you don't have to divert more than about 20 or 30m from the road that leads from the west bank ferry to the Colossi of Memnon. These houses are, by all accounts, immeasurably better than the Old Qurna dwellings where the occupants lived previously, but the one we saw was pretty basic. The family clearly love it though, and say that it's cool in summer, warm in winter, etc. (Fathy specialised in buildings that suit their environment.) If you are making you're own way to the more established west bank sights and have 10 or 15 minutes to spare, it's definitely worth a visit to get a glimpse of how the locals live.

Visited December 2012
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Burnley. Lancashire. England
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Another world”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Although most of the people have had to leave their homes in Qurna village, they have moved to new houses in New Qurna but although the buildings are better built, the toilets are still - 'holes i the ground' with a water pipe next to it.The people are lovely and no matter how poor they might be,and whatever they have, they will share it with you.There is still a lot of rubbish and rubble about. The alabaster factories are numerous and depend on the tourist trade for money but, this is getting fewer and so times are hard for the people. It is still a place to be visited because of the history and its people,

Visited September 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
129 attraction reviews
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“Hassan Fathy.”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

This village is from one of Unesco protected sites.
It was designed by well known Egyptian Architect Hassan Fathy and built together with the villagers by mud brick.
This village was Fathy's lifetime dream; to build a village for the poor people with minimum cost but in line with their needs & requirements.
It took him long to make this dream come true and he succeed at the and. He also tells this story in his book "Architecture the Poor".

Have spent a night in this village when I was architecture student.
Still remember how beautiful it was.
Just walk by the streets and visit the mosque, library, village center, arced passage etc.
Definitely do not miss it if you are into architecture.

Visited March 2012
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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133 attraction reviews
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“Quran village.”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Stopped at the village after our trip to the valley of the kings. It was like going back in time.

Visited September 2011
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State College, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Workmens village - royal artisans Deir el medina”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

This is so important as you have the residence designed for the artisoans who quarried and decorated the tombs of the kings, known to us as the Valley of the Kings. Their own family tombs were protected as they were framing the the village. Painted scenes and loving family members vary and merit your visits.

Visited May 2012
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