Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)

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Deir el-Medina

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Atmosphere

Though not as glamorous as the Valley of the Kings or the Valley of the Queens, the Valley of the Artisans – known locally as Deir el-Medina – offers a glimpse into the lives of the workers who constructed the area's famous royal graves. A small temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddesses of love and truth can be found on the site, as well as village remains and several tombs. Three tombs are open to the public: Inherka's tomb (No. 359), Sennedjem's tomb (No. 1) and Peshedu's tomb (No. 3).

If you're interested in seeing some of Luxor's best tombs and artwork, visit the Valley of the Artisans. Many recent travelers said these tombs are better than those found in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. And because this site isn't overrun with tourists like others in the area, you won't have to wait in long lines to see these well-preserved crypts.

The Valley of the Artisans sits on the West Bank of the Nile River less than a mile from the Colossi of Memnon and Medinet Habu. To get to the attraction, visitors can bike, drive or take a taxi. Free parking is available, but you won't find restrooms, a gift shop or snack vendors on-site. The property is open daily between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets, which cost 40 Egyptian pounds (less than $5) for adults and 20 Egyptian pounds (about $2) for students, can be purchased at the attraction's ticket office. All tickets include entry into the temple and tomb Nos. 1 and 359. For an additional 10 or 15 Egyptian pounds (or $1), travelers can visit Peshedu's tomb. No photography is allowed inside any of the tombs.

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#1 Temple of Hatshepsut

Built to honor Amon-Re (ancient Egypt's sun god) and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (who was believed to have descended from Amon-Re), the Temple of Hatshepsut stands out for its grand architecture and jaw-dropping landscape. Situated at the base of limestone cliffs in Deir el-Bahri, this funerary temple features three tiers of porticos with statues, pillars and hieroglyphs. You'll also find two chapels inside, plus two ramps that connect the lower terrace to the upper terrace.

Although some elements of this historic structure were damaged from vandalism, many past travelers said this sight is well-preserved and worthy of a visit. To avoid the region's notoriously high temperatures, plan on arriving at opening or just before close. And remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water since you'll be doing a lot of walking at this attraction.

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