Valley of the Queens

The valley of the Queens known today as Biban el-Harim opens up at about one and a half kilometers south west Valley of the Kings. The ancient Egyptians gave it the evocative name of Set Neferu, meaning “seat of beauty”. From 1903 to 1906 the Italian archaeological expedition led by Ernesto Schiaparelli discovered about eighty tombs, many of which were seriously damaged; some of them featured traces of fire whereas others were reduced to stables. They contained the mortal remains of queens and princes from the XIX and XX Dynasty; therefore, they can be dated back from 1300 B.C. to 1100 A.D.

 

Tomb of Queen Thiti

Thiti was the wife of one the numerous Ramses of the XX Dynasty, may be Ramses IV. Her tomb, abandoned and reduced to a donkey stable, is well preserved and features an interesting embossed decoration on limestone highlighted by a light pink shade.

 

Tomb of Amon-her Khopechef

Before Amon-her Khopechef, son of Ramses III, this tomb was built to house the mortal remains of another prince, son of the same Pharaoh. Simply structured – a stairway that leads to the square room and a corridor that leads to the room of the sarcophagi – the tomb is characterized by a brightly colored decoration. An unusual sepulchre is the dominate color in the whole sepulchre.

 
Nefertari’s Tomb

This tomb discovered in 1904 by the Italian Ernesto Schiaparelli, was excavated to the west of the valley for Nefertari Mery-en-Mut, the best-loved of Ramses II’s numerous wives; it was in her honor that he built the beautiful temple of Abu Simbel. The 27 and a half meter long tomb is to be found eight meters underground level; it was dug in a very friable layer of rock so that the walls were covered by a thick layer of plaster, on top of which the pictorial decoration takes on the appearance of a relief. When discovered, the sepulcher seemed to have been broken into since ancient times: all the objects had disappeared and the mummy of one of the most famous Egyptian queens had been reduced to a sunder. Only the magnificent paintings bear witness to the fact that this was one of the most important and beautiful tombs in the entire Valley of the Queens.

 
Tomb of Kamusat

Son of  Ramses III and probably the younger brother of Amon-her Khopechef, Prince Kamuast had a tomb similar to that of the kings in its plan, even thought it is greatly reduced in size. even in this tomb, the decoration is very bright, with scenes of offerings and tributes.

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