Valley of Kings was supposed to be a hush-hush burial place for the pharaoh until myriad of robbers, treasures hunters, archaeologists combing thru the place and now us ...
|The Valley of Kings --property of http://science.nationalgeographic.com|
I hope you had fun visiting the Pyramid Giza and stepping foot inside the Red Pyramid and the fun is not over yet!
So far only 63 tombs (and counting) were discovered in the Valley of Kings and the 63th one is the well known Pharaoh Tutankhamun's, which was laid undisturbed until Howard Carter discovered it. It was said that only 24 of those are royal tombs and the rest are nobles and animals'.
Today, we would personally visit the following tombs:
- Site KV2: tomb of Ramses IV
|Outside the tomb of Ramses IV, property of http://library.thinkquest.org|
- Site KV6: tomb of Ramses IX
I found this link so you could view it with your eyes as it was prohibited to take any photo nor video during my personal visit. Enjoy! http://www.virtualsweden.se/panorama/tomb-ramses-ix-valley-kings
- Site KV6: tomb of Ramses II
This is in fact is one of the largest tomb in the Valley of Kings. It covers more than .2 acre.
|Inside the tomb of Ramses II, property of smithsonianjourneys.org|
|Walking inside the tomb, property of National Geographic|
No, we are not visiting the tomb of the King Tutankhamun, as you know that all of these tombs are pretty much empty and the treasures have been brought to the Egyptian Museum. So, after looking inside three tombs in the heat of 110 degree Fahrenheit, we called it enough :-)
And now let's move to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. She is the first known female monarch that ruled for more than two decade. Some of the inscription even described her as a male.
|The queen and I|
And that conclude our visit to the Valley of Kings and the Mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut but the mystery remains ... as the tomb of Ramses VIII is yet to be found.
And where are we going tomorrow, you ask. Let's see, how about visiting the lifestyle of the Egyptians.. It only be exciting if we know how they are doing these days and what are the typical food they are consuming. And on Friday, we would be riding camels in the Sahara desert. Sounds good?
OK. Until next stop,
Journey of Life