Monday, 6 June 2016

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, V for Valleys of the Kings and Queens in Egypt.

The post of this week is not new. I wrote it 8 years ago, but I found it appropriate to send it in again as I mentioned this in last week's entry. I added some new information  about the Valley of the Queens however.

The story of the Valley of the Kings begins with the decision of Tuthmoses I to seperate his tomb from his mortuary temple and to have his body buried in a secret place. His chief architect excavated a shaft tomb in a lonely ravine, cut a steep stairway into the rock, and at the bottom built the sepulchre; this plan was followed by all the later pharaohs. These graves were often disturbed by tomb robbers. So the priests decided to lay all the pharaohs in a large cave in the mountain of Deir el-Bahri. The forty pharaohs remained there for three thousand years. The tomb of Tutankhamen was found by Howard Carter in November 1922.It was a miracle that everything and especially the mummy was intact.The most impressive was the great sarcophagus; an enormous block of quartzite ,that housed four gilded wooden containers one inside the other. We believe Tutankhamen ruled Egypt between 1334 and 1325 BC. He was probably the 12th ruler of Egypt's 18th Dynasty.

Thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who has hosted this ABC game  to the letter V for ABC Wednesday. For more ABC posts click on ABC picture in my side bar.

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I also took some photos of the Valley of the Queens.

                                                   Valley of the Queens

I pity the little donkey that stood in the heat of the sun all day long

Valley of the Queens, also called Valley of the Tombs of the Queens, Arabic Wādī al-Bībān 

It was part of ancient Thebes and served as the burial site of the queens and some royal children of the 19th and 20th dynasties (1292–1075 bc). The queens’ necropolis is located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of the mortuary temple of Ramses III (1187–56 bc) at Madīnat Habu. There are more than 90 known tombs, usually consisting of an entrance passage, a few short halls, and a sarcophagus chamber. The earliest may be that of Sitre, wife of Ramses I. The most notable are those of Nefertari, the favourite queen of Ramses II; of Princes Khaemwese and Amonhirkhopsef; and of a Ramesside queen called Titi. In 1979 UNESCO added the Valley of the Queens, the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Luxor, and other sites of Thebes to the World Heritage List.


Kay said...

Egypt is just amazing, isn't it? We went to the Valley of the Kings, but I don't think we went to the Valley of the Queens.

Lady Fi said...

I'd love to visit. Great info.

Melody Steenkamp said...

soms is een post meer dan de moeite van het herhalen waard en gelukkig weet jij dat.

Een land dat tot de verbeelding spreekt, ben er nog nooit geweest, zal wellicht ook nooit gebeuren want ik zal niet zo 123 een warm land kiezen maar toch

Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Roger Owen Green said...

always good to steal from yourself, now and then


Norma Ruttan said...

It's good you repeated this because I'm sure that I'm not the only one to see this post for the first time. thank you!

photowannabe said...

That has always been a dream of mine to visit those places. Wonderful photos. Thanks for reposting it.

Trubes said...

Yet a another interesting story Wil. I did know about the valley of the kings but
not the kings.
You must be the most well travelled blogger I know,
Thank you for sharing your interesting travels with us,
Related with such VERVE !
Best wishes,
ABCW team. said...

Thanks for repeating your fascinating post. Since I'll never visit Egypt this is the next best thing to visit it through a blogger's eyes.

Photo Cache said...

How cool that you found this post. It's new to me.

Worth a Thousand Words

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the historic place. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what an interesting and amazing place to visit. Wonderful series of photos, this is a new post for me. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!