When visiting Al-Kab , it is best to do it on a Dahabiya Sailing Boat , before walking through the village. It is great fun to explore the village with the local kids escorting you on their donkeys.
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What to see: See the remaining 12m 40ft thick mud brick walls which date back to the Late Period BC which once surrounded the city. Hyper Links Kids up to 6 years are free. The site of el-Kab is a bit off the beaten track - it makes a very long but rewarding day trip in a taxi from Luxor I combined it with Tod, Moalla and Esna , and it would be quite a slog from Aswan too. However, for anyone with more than a passing interest in Ancient Egyptian sites, I would highly recommend it. As you approach, you can see the massive mud-brick walls of the ancient city currently not accessible to visitors.
What you can see are four tombs belonging to local dignitaries - they are well preserved, colourful, and have some unusual scenes on their walls: 1. Paheri c.
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Ahmose son of Ebana c. Setau, c. Local priest, colourful scenes, clearly copying from some of the older tombs. Reneni, c. Fascinating tomb - it has detailed scenes of women mourning and lamenting over the deceased, and it shows in detail many esoteric aspects of Egyptian funeral rituals.
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If you can convince your driver to go on an unmetalled desert road, a few miles into the desert behind the tombs are a number of desert mini-temples. The most beautiful of these is the most distant - a small temple to the local vulture goddess Nekhbet built by Amenhotep III c.
Small, but superb quality reliefs, retaining vivid colour. Well worth a visit. On one side of the railroad one can see the remainings of the citywalls of Nekhab, and on the other side of the railroadtrack one can visit the rocktombs which once belonged to the local governors. In all only 4 of them are accessible to the general public. The vivid colors are astonishing. Take your time to enjoy. The nocropolis extends over a very large area, but all excavation work has still to be done. The tombs of Ahmose son of Ibana and Ahmose pen Nekheb have a lot of information of the beginning of the 18th Dynasty and the expulsion of the Hyksos.
All 4 tombs have wonderful decoration of daily life scenes. From the tombs, look across the road and admire the city walls of Nekheb, one of the very ancient capitals. Don't miss the small temple of Amonhotep III a bit further out in the desert. This was my second visit to the tombs of El Kab and I was not disappointed.
The colours remain vivid and the array of scenes is a wonder to see. The guardians was quite happy for me to linger in each tomb as long as I wanted. The guardians were very interested in the tombs and kept asking questions about the wall scenes.
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The Chapel of Thoth is petite, but is interesting. The Ptolemaic temple looks ruinous from a distance, but the interior is extremely beautiful and has some interesting artwork. It may look nothing from the outside, but the quality and level of preservation inside will surprise.
Tickets are bought at the entrance to the site. I cannot recommend a visit to this site enough! Due to the lack of tourists in Luxor, everywhere you seem to go there is someone holding out their hand for money. These are tombs and temples situated on the East Bank of the Nile the furthest being around 80 kms outside of Luxor.
If you have never heard of them do some research before you go but even if you are not too bothered about dynasties and which Pharoah reigned when then go along for the pleasure of the peace and quite of the stark mountain rock and the honey yellow of the terrain. Be driven along with the river on your right and the railway on your left and watch the life of the ordinary Egyptian tending the land, or going about their business in the little villages you pass through.
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