Valley of Queens

The Valley of the Queens, which is a part of Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis, Egypt, was a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1979 onwards, along with the Valley of Kings, Luxor and Karnak.

Valley of the Queens facts

The Valley of the Queens Luxor is a canyon in the hills of Upper Egypt, on the western side of the Nile River. The queens and certain royal offspring of the 19th and 20th dynasties (1292–1075 BC) were buried at this historical site.

The queens’ necropolis lies about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Ramses III’s (1187–56 BC) mortuary temple at Madinat Habu.


More than 90 queens’ tombs have been discovered. An entrance path, a few small halls, and a sarcophagus room are frequently included.

Sitre, Ramses I’s wife, may have been the first queen to be buried in a tomb. The most famous are those of Nefertari, Ramses II’s favorite queen; Princes Khaemwese and Amonhirkhopsef; and Titi, a Ramesside queen.

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In ancient times, the tomb of Nefertari was known as “Ta-Set-Neferu” or “the place of beauty.” Only four of the numerous graves we know of are available to the public.


Visitors may see the tombs of Queen Titi, the Ramesside princes Khaemwaset and Amunherkhepshef, and the tomb of Nefertari which is regarded as the Valley of the Queens’ best tombs in Egypt.

Nefertari Meritmut, one of Egypt’s most famous queens, was the first of Ramesses the Great’s royal spouses. She was dubbed “a lovely buddy, Mut’s favorite.”

She was well-educated and politically active. Among a slew of other moniker options. Her prominence is instantly felt upon entering her beautiful tomb, which Ramesses dubbed “the one for whom the sun shines.”


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The walls of the three chambers and their connected passageways are adorned with exquisitely colored images, while golden stars glitter from the ceilings.

The massive rock temple dedicated to Ramesses’ first wife, which stands beside his own at Abu Simbel, demonstrates his love for her.

While Nefertari’s tomb is unquestionably the valley’s biggest and most stunning. Visitors who feel the Valley of the Queens entrance fee is too pricey should also visit the tomb of Amunherkhepshef, which is well worth a visit for its well-preserved reliefs.


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The Valley of the Queens lies across the Nile from Luxor, near the Valley of the Kings, Memnon’s Colossi, and Hatshepsut’s Temple.

If you know your stuff and don’t believe you’ll need a tour guide, the cheapest way to get around is to locate a cheap cab.

It will drive you to all of the monuments and wait for you while you go sightseeing. Depending on where you want to go and how long you want to stay, this will likely cost between LE 100 and 200.


The Valley of the Queens is a few miles south of the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Valley of the Artisans on the West Bank side of Luxor, and can be reached by booking a guided tour that includes entrance fees, hotel pick-up and drop-off, and a knowledgeable English-speaking guide.

Valley of the Queens entrance fee

Cars, taxis, and bicycles may all be used to get to the attraction. Private tours of the site (including access to Nefertari’s tomb) are also available for an additional fee. On-site amenities include bathrooms and a free parking area with a small store.

The site is open every day from 6 a.m. to 5 or 7 p.m., depending on the season, and adult tickets are 50 Egyptian pounds ($6) and student tickets are 25 Egyptian pounds ($3).


All tickets grant entry to three tombs: Amunherkhepshef’s (No. 55), Khaemwaset’s (No. 44), and Titi’s (No. 45). (No. 52).

Nefertari and Nefertiti

Are Nefertiti and Nefertari the same person? The two queens, Nefertari and Nefertiti, are not the same person. Nefertari (Nefertari Meritmut) was a magnificent woman and the beloved wife of Ramesses II.

He built a massive temple for her, and she had the same status and responsibilities as any current head of state’s wife.

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She could read and write hieroglyphs and communicated with foreign monarchs’ wives, giving presents and frequently assisting with diplomatic relations.

Ramesses II lived roughly 100 years before Nefertiti (Neferneferuaten Nefertiti). She had considerable authority via her husband Akhenaten, and current thinking is that she was one of the two pharaohs who reigned briefly following Akhenaten’s death and before Tutankamun’s accession to the throne.

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Author: Amitava Ray
I'm a photographer (1979) and a blogger (2006). My future photography and blogging endeavors are contingent on the success of Whizzed Net.