The Valley of the Nobles is one of the enchanting hidden destinations of Luxor, it tells the story of the great individuals who stood behind their pharaoh while creating history with the use of artistic design plus it acted as diary containing drawings of the daily life.
Valley of The Nobles History
The valley of Nobles is the tomb to many governors, administrators, generals, and other important officials from the new kingdom (1570-1070 BC). The valley of the nobles is about 415 tombs that were not massive or extravagant like the tombs of the Kings but contained many simple beautiful decorations and valuable information that showed how life was like back then.
Valley of the Nobles Location
Valley of Nobles is simply a Hundreds of rock-cut tombs of nobles from ancient Egyptian times that was discovered along the west bank of the Nile in the city of Luxor on an area known as Sheik Abd El-Korna. It is located near Hatshepsut’s temple and carved into the hillside.
Tombs of the Nobles
Each one of the tombs was designs to tell the full life story of their inhabitants by using wonderful paintings on the tomb walls depicting every single detail of their lives in the most majestic manner. One of the most famous tombs is the tomb of Ra-Mose (number 55) who was the Mayor of Thebes and the High Preist of Amon which made him enjoy a Great deal of power during the pharaoh Amenhotep III reign.
His tomb consists of rock-cut court with a central doorway leading to the inner hall and below is shafts leading to the burial chambers where his mummy was not found and the decorations were not complete as Ra-Mose moved with the new King Akhenaton to the new Capital of Akht-Aton (Tell El-Amarna) where his Tomb’s decoration was left unfinished. His tombs shed some light on the period of Akhenaton himself and his attempt to enforce Atonism (The Worship of Aton the sun Disc).
Valley of the Nobles Art
There is also the tomb of Re-Khmee-e (number 100) who was the vizier during the reign of pharaoh Tuthmosis III and Amenhotep II, which holds magical decorations that determine the responsibilities of the vizier during ancient times and details the arrival of foreign delegations carrying presents and tributes such as agricultural products, utensils and rare animals to the pharaoh.
The tombs Chapel of Nakht (Number 52) is also quite famous as it contains the mummies of a husband and wife, the husband was a great Scribe and an astronomer from the temple of Amon during the reign of Pharaoh Tuthmosis IV while his wife was a chanter and a headmistress within Amon’s Temple. Their tomb was small but had beautiful decorations with brilliant colorful scenes.
The tomb of Menna (number 69) who was a land surveyor (a tax collector), is the most beautiful as it is filled with many decorations and wall paintings &carvings of full day to day scenes of the ancient times which provided countless details about the traits and custom of ancient days like Bird-hunting and the influence of music on their Culture.