Quite possibly you have already visited the spectacular mortuary temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, or have seen pictures of it. But did you know that right next to it, is a part of the Theban necropolis where almost nobody goes and which holds some amazing tombs?
This area, called the Asasif, is like a honeycomb riddled with underground passages, shrines and temples, some of which are open to the public. The decorations in these tombs number among the most amazing reliefs ever produced for a nobles tomb. Some of the tombs are even bigger than some of their counterparts in the Valley of the Kings!
Walking around the Asasif, you feel like you could be a Victorian archaeologist, just discovering all these amazing finds it feels untouched, unspoiled somehow, not polished up for the hordes of tourists that descend upon the highlight spots. It is quite an experience to discover all these hidden treasures, but wear sturdy shoes and be careful where you step!
start with the 26th dynasty tomb of the high official
Pabasa. Pabasa lived in an era when Upper Egypt
was ruled by the Divine Adoratrices, the Wives of
Amun. They were usually sisters of either the Black
Pharaohs of Nubia, or of the Semitic usurpers who
ruled the Delta region at that time. A fascinating
period, reflected in his tomb.
Altogether a real voyage of discovery!
Price:45 euros per person
Includes: set-up, transport, explanation, tickets
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