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Things to do in New Valley Governorate

Best attractions to visit in New Valley Governorate

1. Deir al-Bahari - New Valley Governorate

Deir al Bahari

Deir el-Bahari is the Egyptian word that roughly translates to “The Northern Monastery.” It refers to a complex of mortuary tombs and temples that spread across the west bank of the Nile River, opposite the ancient city of Luxor in Egypt. The first of these monuments was the mortuary temple of ruler Mentuhotep II of the Eleventh Dynasty. It was constructed at some point during the 15th Century BC. Egyptologists believe that it was Amenhotep I and Hatshepsut who built an extensive network of temples around the region. Djeser-Djesuru is the most prominent of all the temples at Deir el-Bahari. It refers to the “Holy of Holiest” and is thought to be the final resting place of Hatshepsut. A secret passageway was discovered in 1907 that led to the tombs of over 40 ruling elites of ancient Egypt. Deir el-Bahari is situated near the holy city of Thebes. It lies towards the west of the Valley of the Kings and is also a few kilometers away from mainland Cairo. Most of the temples were designed by ancient Egyptians. However, the Roman Empire played a significant role in the restoration of the area - where some ancient Roman buildings are located as well. A 1969 Egyptian movie titled Night of Counting the Years depicts the earliest excavations in the area and the discovery of a nearby necropolis.

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2. Deir el-Medina - New Valley Governorate

Deir el Medina

Deir el-Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once home to the artisans that worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. According to instructions found at the site, the ancient settlement's name was Set Maat that literally translates into the 'Place of the Truth'. The workmen that resided in the place were known as 'Servants in the Place of Truth'. Christian missionaries had later changed the name of the place to Deir el-Medina, which is the Arabic word for Monastery of the Town. The site provides one of the most thoroughly documented accounts of village life during the New Kingdom period (1550–1080 BC) in Egypt. The settlement is well laid out in the form of a natural amphitheatre and is situated within walking distance from the Valley of the Kings that is located towards the north. The village was built in a secluded area to preserve the secrecy of the work carried out in the tombs. There is no other comparable site in Egypt that provides such insights into the social and work life of the community. Visitors can easily access the site as it is located next to the west bank of the River Nile near the modern city of Luxor.

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