Webdesign by Rufin Duwel - all rights reserved Places Worth Visiting - Luxor  Westbank  Valley of the Kings  The Valley of the Kings is one of the largest necropolis' in the world. It used to be a treasure  cove filled with the riches of Pharaohs who chose this place as their final step to the other world.  All of the tombs which were discovered are now emptied. Perhaps some lie undiscovered under  the desert sand. This is the field of archaeologists still fine combing the area. You pay a basic  ticket which gives you access to three tombs which allows you to choose from a total offer of  more then 120 chambers. Admission EGP 80.00 pp    Tut Ankh Amon  This Pharaoh's tomb became the source of legend, the source of the curse of Pharaoh. His final  resting place was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. The reasons making it famous was the  simple fact that it had not been disturbed for 1700 years. As a Pharaoh, Tut Ankh Amon was  lost in history. His short reign of 10 years was hardly enough to leave a grain of sand in the  great history of ancient Egypt. But the finds in his tomb was the stuff for legend. This is also  know by the department of Antiquities. Visiting his tomb will cost you an extra EGP 20.00 on  top of the Valley of the Kings ticket.   Tomb of Queen Nefertari One of the legendary Queens of Egypt, Nefertari was praised for her exceptional beauty. Even to that level that Ramses II build her own temple next to his own at Abu Simbel. Her tomb in the  Valley of the Queens on the Westbank is also an exceptional masterpiece. But the downside is  that it is very difficult and expensive to visit. You need the right connections and ... a bit of time.  The tomb, if accessible; is allowed for a maximum of 10 persons at a time. Price is around  25000 EGP whether visited by 1 or 10 persons. Given the necessary time for the procedure it is feasible.   Temple of Hatshepsut  Hatshepsut is regarded as one of the most succesful Pharaohs. This temple was built in her  honour and to serve as her funerary temple. There is a theory suggesting that the temple as we  know it now was used as a Coptic Monastery in the early Christian period. The building also  reflects the conflict between Hatshepsut and her nephew/son in law Tuthmoss III. After her  mysterious death some of her images and cartouches were damaged by his followers.  Admission EGP 30.00 pp    Medinet Habu Temple  Medinet Habu is the name commonly given to the mortuary temple of Ramses III. It is a important  New Kingdom structure on the Westbank of Luxor. Aside from its intrinsic size and architectural  and artistic importance, the temple is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs  depicting the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples during the reign of Ramses III.  Admission EGP 30.00 pp    House of Carter Howard Carter found his place in history as being the archaeologist discovering the legendary  tomb of Tut Ankh Amon. The house where he lived and directed his excavations from has  recently been bought by the authorities and painstakingly restored to its original state with the  genuine furniture. The highlight of this little museum is a holographic display in which an actor  re-enacts Howard Carter talking about the events leading to his fabulous discovery. Admission EGP 30.00 PP  Village of the Tomb Builders  Deir el Medina is a small settlement 2 km west of the Nile. Believe me, it is little know in the  traditional tourism rat race which takes place daily on the Westbank, but it is one of the most  phenomenal archaeological sites of ancient Thebes. It was home to the workers of the royal  necropolis and might be viewed as a microcosm of life in Ancient Egypt even although the workers were at the 'top' of their profession. The ancient name of the site was Set Maat, 'the Place of Truth' and the workmen were 'servants'  in the Place of Truth. The community seems to have been established near the beginning of the  18th Dynasty, at least by the reign of Tuthmosis I (whose name has been found on bricks in the  walls surrounding the village) or perhaps a few years earlier - since the villagers through many  generations held Amenhotep I, and his mother Queen Ahmose Nefertari, in high esteem (maybe as patrons). From research over the last century we know much about these people, how they lived and  where they were buried and what they owned. Many finds were removed in the free-for-all of  previous centuries and pieces are found in nearly every major museum around the world. It is ironic  that more is known about the workmen who cut the New Kingdom tombs than we do about the kings who commissioned them. In their spare time they build their own dwelling for the afterlife. Two are available to visit. It is a bit of a tricky decent and it’s rather  claustrophobic down there but it really worths the little adventure. The decorations are amongst the most beautiful in Egypt. Admission EGP 30.00 pp The Ramesseum  Ramses II ruled for 67 years during the 13th century BC. He was the mightiest of all  pharaohs. During his reign Ancient Egypt reached its apogee of power and glory.   This extraordinarily long reign, the wealth available in the state coffers, and,  undeniably, the pharaoh's personal vanity meant that Ramses, of all the ancient  rulers, left what is perhaps the most indelible mark on the country. His legacy can  be seen most clearly in the archaeological record – in the many buildings that  Ramses modified, usurped, or constructed from the ground up.  Most splendid of these, in accordance with New Kingdom Royal burial practices,  was his memorial temple, the Ramesseum – a place of worship dedicated to  pharaoh, god on earth, where his memory would have been kept alive after his  passing from this world.  Unlike the massive stone temples at Abu Simbel, the inexorable passage of three millennia was not kind to his "temple of a million  years" at Thebes. This was mostly due to its location on the very edge of the Nile floodplain, with the annual inundation gradually  undermining the foundations of this temple, and its neighbours  The Ramesseum is rarely part of the off the shelf excursions organised by tour-operators. Therefor it is very peaceful and not overrun  by the tourist hordes. It also very often radiates a mystic power on to most of its visitors.  Admission EGP 30.00 pp