The Valley of the Queens is located in Luxor, just like the Valley of the Kings, and it is one of the most important burial sites in ancient Egypt, where more than 90 tombs were found through excavation and excavations to this day.
The Valley of the Queens was initially built to serve as tombs for the queens in ancient Egypt, and it was also used as a cemetery for princes, princesses and other people of the royal family. To enjoy the afterlife and use it after the resurrection, so the pharaohs and queens were buried with their treasures, clothes and basic necessities such as food and drink.
Keeping their treasures and possessions safe was very important so when they planned the burial site in the Valley of the Queens a lot of thought was put into how to build the burial site in a separate way to protect it from thieves in order to keep the mummies and their possessions intact once they woke up to eternal life. The queens are similar to those they applied in building the Valley of the Kings so that the entrances to the tombs are hidden and thus not targeted by thieves.
However, the builders of the Valley of the Queens failed to protect the treasures and possessions of the queens, and none of the tombs were found intact, although some decorations have remained impressively preserved. Treasures and possessions disappeared when the tombs were discovered in 1904.
Valley of the Queens in pictures
The queens and wives of kings in ancient Egypt were buried with their husbands in the same tomb, a matter that changed at some point, so valleys were built, such as the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The first tomb known to have been built in the Valley of the Queens was the tomb of Princess Ahmose, the daughter of King Seqenen Ra. Most likely to King Thutmose I, the Valley of the Queens served as a tomb for this period (1292-1075 BC) in the 19th and 20th dynasties.
The valley is not so impressive at first glance it is nothing more than a rocky gorge full of sun but its true beauty is hidden underground, there are the tombs of nearly 90 very important members of the royal family, the decoration of the tombs in the Valley of the Queens is very similar to the tombs found in the Valley of the Kings However, visitors who visit the Valley of the Queens should also visit the burial site in the Valley of the Kings as it is more famous and contains more prestigious tombs of some of Egypt’s greatest kings.
As in the Valley of the Kings, only a few of the more than 90 tombs that have been discovered in the Valley of the Queens are open to visitors in order to preserve them and to follow up on restoration work regularly according to a rotating schedule and also to continue excavations for more of them. The tombs and imagining the painstaking process required to create them are worth a visit.
The most impressive tomb in the Valley of the Queens is the tomb of Queen Nefertari, the favorite wife of Ramses II. It is truly a true piece of art. The tomb is beautifully decorated with paintings on the wall describing the life of the queen. It is considered the most beautiful royal tomb discovered so far. The walls of the tomb are decorated with drawings and patterns in solid colors. With amazing accuracy and clarity, you really should visit it for yourself.