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Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)

#7 in Best Things To Do in Luxor

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  • Deir el-Medina
    Qesm Al Wahat Al Khargah, New Valley Governorate, Egypt
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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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 ... Read more » Apexphotos / Getty Images

#2 Valley of the Kings As its name suggests, the Valley of the Kings is where dozens of pharaohs were laid to rest. In fact, you'll find 63 royal tombs here, including notable pharaohs ... Read more » Nick Brundle Photography / Getty Images

#3 Karnak Temple Complex If you're in search of Luxor's largest (and most impressive) collection of temple ruins, look no further than the Karnak Temple Complex. Located about 2 miles northeast of ... Read more » zbg2 / Getty Images

#4 Temple of Luxor Though additions to the Temple of Luxor were made by many of Egypt's pharaohs (Tutankhamun, Horemheb and Hatshepsut, to name a few), the bulk of this ancient structure was ... Read more » Siempreverde22 / Getty Images

#5 Colossi of Memnon Before heading to popular attractions like the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut, stop at the Colossi of Memnon. This pair of statues, which stand about 59 ... Read more » donvictorio / Getty Images

#6 Medinet Habu Though this collection of temples isn't as well known as the Temple of Luxor, the Karnak Temple Complex and the Temple of Hatshepsut, Medinet Habu stands out because of ... Read more » WitR / Getty Images

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#8 Valley of the Queens The Valley of the Queens is home to more than 75 royal tombs. You'll find an array of queens, princesses and princes buried here, and one of Egypt's ... Read more » geoleo / Getty Images

#9 Luxor Museum For a glimpse at Old and New Kingdom artifacts found in and around Luxor, check out the Luxor Museum. Historic treasures housed in this museum include a statue of Tuthmosis ... Read more » DAJ / Getty Images

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One of Egypt's most famous female pharaohs was Hatshepsut, who is immortalized at the colossal Temple of Hatshepsut. Apexphotos / Getty Images

At the base of the Theban Mountains, you'll find the Valley of the Kings, where notable rulers like King Tut and Ramses VI were laid to rest. Nick Brundle Photography / Getty Images

Luxor's largest collection of ancient Egyptian ruins are located at the Karnak Temple Complex, which overlooks the Nile's East Bank. zbg2 / Getty Images

Sphinxes, hieroglyphs and ancient Egyptian ruins are just some of the photo-worthy sights you'll find at the Temple of Luxor. Siempreverde22 / Getty Images

For a larger-than-life view of ancient Egyptian statues, visit the 59-foot Colossi of Memnon on the city's West Bank. donvictorio / Getty Images

Medinet Habu, which sits near the Valley of the Artisans and the Colossi of Memnon, features one of the city's most impressive temples without all the crowds found at other sights. WitR / Getty Images

If you're interested in learning more about the workers who constructed the tombs found in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, check out the Valley of the Artisans' tombs and ruins. quintanilla / Getty Images

More than 75 tombs with colorful artwork lie within the Theban Mountains' Valley of the Queens. geoleo / Getty Images

Everything from royal mummies to items buried with King Tut are on display in the Luxor Museum. DAJ / Getty Images

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