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City of dead

4e845ea377170A small Egyptian city of Luxor can safely claim to be one of the most interesting cities in the world. It is home to many ancient sites, for which Egypt annually attracts thousands of tourists. The right bank of the Nile, and everything on it is located, called the city of the living, the left bank — the city of the dead. The City living tourists can see the Luxor and Karnak temples, in the City of the Dead — Valley of the Kings and Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, the funerary temple of Medinet Habu, the Colossi of Memnon.
The most famous sites in the city of the dead can be called the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut. In the valley of the kings of the pharaohs are buried — a total of about 40 tombs. It is here that was discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen. Hatshepsut Temple was built during the reign of Queen Hatshepust in which Egypt flourished. This monumental structure is very different from other historical monuments in Egypt. Scientists are inclined to believe that this temple was the basis for many architectural structures in the world.

To get to the City of the Dead, visitors need to cross to the other side of the Nile. The very fact that you are floating on a small boat on one of the longest rivers in the world, enchants many travelers. Even more impressions visitors get to see the famous Colossi of Memnon — huge stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Massive blocks of stones were mined in a quarry near modern Cairo. The weight of each statue — about 700 tons! It is interesting that the stones were transported by land, because they were too heavy to carry them up the Nile.

The idea of ​​construction of the necropolis is quite impressive size Pharaoh Thutmose I. He decided to choose a special place for his tomb, so that later nobody could plunder. The tomb was located away from the main burial — in a special burial crypt carved into the rocks. Thutmose I followed the example of many Egyptian rulers — thus they were buried for 500 years.

Near situated and the Valley of the Queens, where family members were buried Pharaohs. These tombs were decorated with much more modest, but nevertheless they too are constantly robbed. One of the most beautiful shrines can be called the grave of Queen Nefertari, decorated with sculptures. But to get to it, tourists can not: it is closed because of the threat of extinction.

Mortuary Temple of Ramses III Medinat Abu tourists hardly visited due to inconvenient location. Nevertheless, the temple is of interest, because its walls are preserved bas-reliefs and paintings.