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“Visions of the afterlife”

Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Above ground is all dusty, beige emptiness - crumbling terraced walls and modern workmen slowly clearing the remains of the ancient workmen's village. But inside the small tombs you suddenly get a vivid glimpse of the ordinary workman's vision of life after death. The tomb of Senefu the architect (subject of a recent BBC documentary) shows warm domestic scenes with his wife who'd died some years before. Very moving. Not as majestic as the Valley of the Kings but infinitely more human. Many thanks to our guide, Ahmed Abd el Hameid for sharing his passion for this place with us (contactable on royal guide_83@hotmail.com).

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

..."must see" alternative to the grandeur of the other monumental sites of the Theban hills. The homes of the the workers who built the royal tombs. Occupied for over 500 years during the golden age of the new kingdom.

It delights becausre of its human scale, and gives a real sense of domestic living.

The tombs are a delight, too, vividly painted, depicting glorious domestic scenes !

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Tombs of the Artisans sits next to the remains of the Artisans houses. These were the workers who excavated and decorated the tombs in the valley of the kings. 2 tombs were open, and it seemed even more worthwhile as we were the only people there. The burial chambers are reached down steep flights of stairs, and are beautifully preserved and have outstanding paintings in vivid colours.

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Fantastic location, some of which has been cleared of villages to allow more access. The villagers were rehoused.
Shame to have to refuse sellers of some quite nice craft work because you simply don't want it.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Took my several years of trips spanning the years before I visited this one, as you are often directed to Luxor's other attractions. Am so glad I went, the wall paintings are stunning and so well preserved they could have been painted yesterday.
If you only manage here, Luxor,Habu,and Karnak temples with the addition of Luxor museum, you will have see the highlights of Luxor

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