"Tombs of the Nobles" Valley of the Nobles Tip by MM212

Valley of the Nobles, Luxor: 15 reviews and 40 photos

  Tombs of the Nobles towering above Old Gurna
by MM212
 
 

Often referred to as the Valley of the Nobles, this necropolis is not much of a valley. It is located on the lower slopes of the Theban desert hills facing the Nile Valley and is made up of a couple of large areas around the town of Old Gurna. This necropolis was the burial place for high officials and notables during the New Kingdom. Although their number exceeds royal ones (over 400), these tombs are much less elaborate, not only because they were not made for royals, but also the poor quality of the limestone in this area. Most of the tombs are painted with vivid colours and scenes. Many of these tombs are open to the public.

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  • Updated Feb 2, 2008
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