Almost everything we see now in Ancient Egypt is dedicated to the pharaonic royal family. Because of their immense scale and the fact that they are actually cut out of stone, the colossal construction projects that Egyptian kings commissioned throughout the civilization’s history have withstood the test of time far better than other ancient artifacts.
In the temples and royal tombs surrounding Luxor, victorious kings’ triumphant iconography and images of endless life after death might grow monotonous. A visit to the Tombs of the Nobles (or the Worker’s Village) could be a smart option if you’re feeling overwhelmed with temples.
The nobles’ tombs in Luxor still have magnificent murals that aren’t so much about leading the deceased to the afterlife as they are about depicting scenes from everyday Egyptian life.
The Nobles’ Tombs stand out among the rest of the West Bank sites because they deviate from the norm. These groups of tombs cut into a rocky slope between the Ramesseum and Hatshepsut’s Temple are all devoted to administrators, governors, and other lesser aristocratic figures.
More modest portrayals of ordinary life and the duties that these officials performed may be found in these graves. The realistic representations of nature and everyday concerns are refreshing, and they give us a better idea of what life was like in ancient Egypt.
The Tomb of Sennofer, Tomb of Rekhmire, Tomb of Khonsu, Tomb of Benia, Tomb of Menna, and Tomb of Nakht, in particular, are home to some of Egypt’s most vibrant and vivacious tomb paintings.
Because of the modest number of tourists, the Nobles’ Tombs are not as clearly identified as the royal tombs and other major monuments on the West Bank. This makes viewing them without a guide a little more challenging, but it’s still a lovely break from the Valley of the Kings and other big temple complexes.
For each tomb you wish to see, you must purchase a separate ticket at the West Bank ticket office.