Valley of the Queens

Valley of the Queens is also known as Biban al Harim and Ta Set Neferu, which means "seat of beauty". From 1903 to 1906, an Italian expedition discovered about eighty tombs, some of which belonged to children of royalty.

Similar to the more famous Valley of the Kings, from above ground this valley looks rather unimpressive—a rocky, sun-baked valley scattered with simple stone entrances that lead into the tombs. Like at the Valley of the Kings, the intend here was to hide the entrances of the tombs to preserve them from looters so all of the decoration if found underground;

however, the builders here were no less successful in hiding these tombs over the millennia than they were at the Valley of the Kings. None of the tombs were found intact, but some of the decorations are impressively preserved.

It was not only queens that were buried here. The tombs in the Valley of the Queens were actually used for queens, princes, princesses, and other members of the royal family. Some of the most impressive tombs in the valley are actually those of the sons of Ramesses III, the building of Medinat Habu.
The decoration of the tomb is very similar to the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Visitors who are worried they might get tired of repeated tomb viewings might even want to pass up the more crowded Valley of the Kings after visiting here.

Many tourists do the opposite and never visit this valley after seeing the tombs at the more famous site. Like at the Valley of the Kings, only a handful of the over 75 tombs that have been discovered here are open for visitors at any given time. The most impressive of all of them is the Tomb of Nerfertari, favorite wife of Ramesses II.
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