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A Large City's Ancient Cemetary Unearthed

Most of what you see or know about Egypt was dedicated to royalty, notably the colossal attractions that have withstood the sands of time such as Giza’s great pyramids.  Breaking away from this trend are the Tombs of the Nobles located in Luxor.  Situated between the Ramesseum and Hatshepsut’s Temple, these burial clusters have been carved into a rocky hillside dedicated to administrators, governors, and other figures of minor nobility.

Unlike the triumphal imagery of conquering pharaohs and depictions of eternal life after death in the tombs of royalty, these tombs provide humbler depictions of everyday life including the jobs that these functionaries fulfilled. The real-life depictions of nature are refreshing and provide a bit more insight into what ancient Egypt might actually have been like.

A tour guide is a prerequisite to both finding these sites, since they do not have grandiose landmarks to pinpoint their location, and appreciating the fascinatingly infinitesimal details they will provide you about these near-forgotten individuals.  Whether it’s the gorgeously decorated ceilings of San Nefer’s tomb or the colorful etchings in Prime Minister Rekhmere’s tomb that depict all sorts of history, from how rare animals were brought in to Egypt to how the Ancient Egyptians made wine, this is one journey into the past that you simply cannot forget.

And of course you are in Luxor after all.  So after your visit, there’s still quite a lot to do and see.  An extensive array of temples awaits your exploration, from Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, alongside an action-packed list of activities that includes hot air-ballooning, Nile Cruises, desert safaris, and such.

So add the Tombs of the Nobles to your itinerary and engross yourself in one of the most underrated relics of ancient times.