Thursday, March 29, 2007

Travel: A visit to Luxor's West Bank (
Travel article looking at some of the sites on Luxor's West Bank: "Hidden between enormous limestone cliffs in the Valley of Kings was Tuthmosis III’s tomb, reached by a steep staircase. he was the first king to build his tomb in the valley and to keep it secret, the sarcophagus was put in a most inaccessible spot, via narrow, low claustrophobic passages going up and down. Even then graverobbers got to him. Now the chambers are lit and equipped with ventilators and air pumps but we wore masks as our breaths would affect the drawings — which were indeed magnificent. Superb heiroglyphics and colours depicted scenes of a night sky, offerings to gods, daily chores during afterlife".

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