The Valley of The Queen History
Valley of the Queens was once known as Ta-Set-Neferu “The Place of Beauty” because it held the tombs of some of the beautiful and powerful Queens, princesses, and nobles of the royal family. The valley of the queens is located on the west bank of Luxor’s Theban Necropolis near the Valley of the Kings. The valley of the queens has the same design of the Valley of the Kings to a certain degree as the valley has an unimpressive exterior and entrance like the valley of the Kings in order to protect it from looters and tomb raiders.
It contains about 91 tombs in the main valley and out of them is 75 tombs from the 18th to the 20th dynasty to wives and daughters to the pharaoh, the tombs of the queens or the princess weren’t massive as the kings but the level of the decorations remained highly beautiful. The entrance of the valley is dedicated to the goddess of joy, love, and beauty “Hathor“. The valley became part of the UNESCO heritage sites in 1979.
The Valley of The Queens Tombs
The most enchanting tomb found in the Valley of the Queens is the one belonging to Nefertari, the main consort of King Ramses the great. Her tomb contains many beautiful decorations and artworks with various religious deities.
One of the prominent drawings is Nefertari giving offerings to gods like the creator “Atum” or the ruler of the underworld “Osiris” and held many depictions from the book of the dead on the walls of the burial chamber, there is also an astronomical ceiling representing the heavens painted in dark blue with a myriad of golden five-pointed stars. There were also many tombs were found in the 18th dynasty belonging to the Thutmosid period like the tomb of Princess Ahmose the daughter of Seqenenre Tao.
In the 19th dynasty the valley became very exclusive to many High Ranking Wives such as Ramesses I, Ramesses II, and Seti I. it also contains the impressive tombs of Wives and sons of Ramesses III such as Prince Amon-Kkhopshef & Prince Khaem-Waset during the 20th dynasty.