"New Gourna" Al Qurnah by TheLongTone

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New Gourna (as it is rendered into latin script by most people) is a village on the West bank of the Nile, a kilometre or so from the river on the main road to all the heiroglyphic hoohah of the Valley of the Kings.

What makes the place interesting and well worth visiting is nothing to do with the 'attractions' of Luxor. It is the site of an experimental in urban planning built by the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy . who was an advocate of the use of traditional building materials and patterns of urban planning as being more appropriate to both the environment and Islamic societal structure than the ill-digested imitations of modern European architectre and building practises which were as dominant then as they are now.

In the mid forties the Egyptian Department of Antiquities determined to relocate the population of the village of Gourna, which lies to the northwest of New Gourna in the vicinity of the tomb of Tutankhamun, in an effort to curtail the villagers tradition of tomb robbing .

  • Last visit to Al Qurnah: Jan 2007
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