Deir El Madina, Luxor

Deir El Madina, Luxor (must see)

Deir El Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as a village for the artisans and builders who worked in the Valley of the Kings between 1550 and 1080 B.C. The village was laid out around an amphitheater and is thought to have been built separately to the general population in order to better preserve the secrecy of the constructions in the Valley of the Kings. Excavation of the many houses and tombs on the site began in the early 20th century and today you can see some astonishing artifacts and buildings that have been uncovered.

The village necropolis features some delightful pyramids and tombs where architects and other important artisans were buried. One of the highlights of the site is the Tomb of Sennedjem, which is a stunning tomb in excellent condition where a servant of the 18th dynasty was buried. The highly decorative painted walls show many scenes from the servant’s personal life alongside his wife and family. The recently opened Tomb of Pashedu is well known for its colourful wall decorations, featuring friezes from everyday life. Another gem is the Tomb of Inherkhau, which belongs to a well-known foreman in the Valley of the Kings, and renowned for its colourful reliefs. For a glimpse into the lives of the common people of antiquity, Deir El Medina is a fascinating place to visit.

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Deir El Madina on Map

Sight Name: Deir El Madina
Sight Location: Luxor, Egypt (See walking tours in Luxor)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Luxor, Egypt

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Luxor Archaeology Tour Part 2

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Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles