The Tombs of the Nobles

Almost everything we see today of Ancient Egypt is dedicated to the pharaonic royalty. Because of their massive size and the fact that they are literally carved out of stone, the monumental building projects commissioned by Egypt’s kings throughout the civilization have withstood the test of time far better than other ancient artefacts.

The Tombs of Nobles stand out from the rest of the West Bank sites in Luxor because they deviate from this trend. These clusters of tombs carved into a rocky hillside between the Ramesseum and Hatshepsut’s Temple are all dedicated to administrators, governors, and other figures of minor nobility.

The triumphant imagery of conquering pharaohs and depictions of eternal life after death in Luxor’s temples and royal tombs can become monotonous. When you’ve had your fill of temples, a trip to the Tombs of the Nobles (or the Worker’s Village) might be in order.
These tombs contain more humble depictions of daily life and the jobs that these functionaries performed. The realistic depictions of nature and everyday concerns are refreshing and add to our understanding of what ancient Egypt might have been like.

Because of the small number of visitors, the Tombs of the Nobles are not as well marked as the royal tombs and larger sites on the West Bank of Luxor. This makes visiting them without a guide a little more difficult, but it is still a nice escape from the more crowded sites at the Valley of the Kings and other major temple complexes.

you can visit The Tombs of the Nobles during your Nile Cruise between Aswan and Luxor with Al Sahel Travel.

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