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Valley of The Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, and Temple Medinat Habu
Submitted by bugsly on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 08:50 Boat | Car | Core | Egypt | Foreign Language and Music Study | Physical and Health Education | Walk

Early this morning Ben, Michael and I all went for a swim after breakfast. We prepared ourselves to go and see the Temple of Hatshepsut. We took a water taxi to the West side of the Nile and then found a taxi to take us there. Arriving at the Temple, we realized just how hot it can get in Southern Egypt. We walked up the road to the Temple of Hatshepsut and were amazed at its massive proportions. The Temple itself is built into the rock of the hillside behind it kind of like Petra, Jordan. The hieroglyphs are pretty intact and the statues are amazing. Eventually though, we got too hot and headed on down to The Valley of The Queens.

In the Valley of The Queens we saw three tombs. The most beautiful one belonged to Amunherkhepshef. We also visited a tomb where there was a mummified unborn 5 month old human fetus. It was found inside the skeleton of the mother.

Then we journeyed on to Temple Medinat Habu built by Ramses III. We were told that it was not a commonly visited site, but it was completely worth it, turning out to be the highlight of the day. Some of the paint still remains and the hieroglyphs are incredible. One of the men that worked there took us around explaining various rooms and chambers of the Temple. He even chanted the ancient prayer for us inside a stone room. The sound of his voice echoing across the walls made you feel like you were actually there. We also saw the room where Ramses III was mummified.

We took a river taxi back to hotel, I even had a chance to drive it, although it is harder than it looks! We went for a swim and had dinner after a very wonderful day.


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