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Valley of the Nobles

Valley of the Nobles

Valley (Tombs) of the Nobles - as it is usually referred to, is a fascinating insight into the hundreds of tombs discovered here over time and many archaeological digs. Situated along the West Bank of the Nie and unmistakable sandstone rock cliffs, it was once an ancient City where all the burials took place. 
Just a short 1 hour flight from Cairo or the night sleeper train from Cairo (approximately 10 hours) down to Luxor in Upper Egypt. It is also accessible from Hurghada by flight (30 minutes) or by road in roughly 4 hours. Options from Aswan by road (3 hours), or Nile cruise over a few days sailing. 
On the West Bank of the Nile across from Luxor City is located the The Theban Necropolis namely the Tombs of the Nobles.Many numerous tombs are located here with  burial places of some who were the most powerful courtiers and people  of the ancient City. Known to host hundreds of tombs, some were said to have been lost and  not yet been located. In the period of the New Kingdom,  the tombs had inscriptions of the tomb owners on them with some having a short prayer.
Often considered neglected by visitors due to the high level and promotion of the Valley of the kings, the Tombs of the Nobles is well worth a visit. Its cemetery hosts hundreds of tombs all embedded in the rock face, and very often  richly decorated with frescoes depicting the working lives of their inhabitants.Not all of the site and area can be accessed, however, it does include such Tombs as Sennofer who at that time was the Mayor of Thebes (the Old name for the now City of Luxor). This tomb has some beautiful original paintings of harvesting scenes and grapevines. 
A very grand Tomb included in this worthy visit, is the tomb of the Noble Ramose which offers a glimpse of life at that time under the rule of Akhenaten, one of the earliest rulers to follow the monotheistic faith. 
To date, over 450 tombs have been discovered of the Nobles at this site of the West Bank in ancient Egypt.The tombs range from civil servants, Generals, Nobles,wealthy and elite people with grander tombs Currently, it is allowed to visit around 15 tombs and usually offered on a group visit basis. These tombs are located across the road from the Ramesseum
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