Holiday in Egypt - Day 2 Tuesday 23rd March 2010

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Having arrived on board the Nile cruiser MS Royal Viking the previous evening, we had an early start today to visit the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari on the West Bank (Pharaoh Queen around 1500BC). We also visited some of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings (Rameses III, V VI, VII, IX) and in the Valley of the Queens (Amenherkhebshef, son of Queen Tyti, and Queen Tyti, probably a wife of Rameses III). Photography was forbidden in the tombs so we bought some postcards to record the tombs. However, the choice of postcards was limited. We finished the morning by stopping at the Statues of Memnon for photographs.


Photographs of Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and another tomb far right.

1. Outside of Temple, 2. Right side wing. 3. Left side wing, 4. Colonnade on right, 5 & 6. Wall decorations, 7. Ceiling decoration.


Photographs from Tomb of Amenherkshef. Not my photographs, but included for completeness



Photographs from Tomb of Queen Tyti. Not my photographs, but included for completeness


Statues of Memnon - probably amongst the largest in Egypt. 18 metres high. They originally stood in front of the Temple of Amenhotep III. The demolition of the temple began in antiquity.