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Illustrated Guide To Luxor And The Valley Of The Kings [Hardcover]

Kent R. Weeks


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June 30 2005
"The scale and richness of the tombs and temples on the banks of the Nile at Luxor have attracted and fascinated travelers for thousands of years. Now finally comes the vade mecum that generations of visitors would have loved to have. "The Illustrated Guide to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, fully illustrated with superb color photographs, not only provides a comprehensive itinerary through the tombs and monuments of ancient Thebes and the museums of modem Luxor but also has extensive chapters devoted to the history of the city and Egyptian religion, as well as advice for the modem traveler on hotels and restaurants. Detailed itineraries lead us first through the sites on the east bank of the Nile, including Karnak and Luxor temples, the Luxor Museum, and the Museum of Mummification. Then we cross to the west bank for a thorough exploration of the temples--the Ramesseum, Deir alBahari, Medinet Habu, and more--and the tombs of the Kings, the Queens, and the Nobles. The combination of authoritative texts, full-color photographs, planimetric maps, and descriptions of every major tomb and monument in Luxor will facilitate and enhance any visitor's tour of one of the world's richest and most significant collections of archaeological sites.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Amer Univ in Cairo Pr (June 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774248007
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774248009
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 19.6 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,280,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrated ! June 2 2012
By M Daniels - Published on Amazon.com
Bought this in the Mummification Museum bookshop in Luxor, April 2012. They had lots of them there. My copy is a thick-covered paperback about 5x10 inches, inch thick, glossy paperback. It's called "the Illustrated Guide to Luxor Tombs Temples and Museums" but the author and ISBN are the same. If you want complete, there's. "Complete Valley of the Kings" etc. But, this book has illustrations and covers almost all the tombs, the ones worth seeing. Every page has at least one full color photo. In the valley of the Kings and other tombs, no photos are allowed. In fact at VoK you must leave your camera at the gate. If you want the color guide to what you saw (and missed!) this is the book. The explanations are clear and concise. Also covers Valley of the Queens and tombs of the nobles.

The temples and the Luxor Museum coverage is a bit more sparse, but then the Luxor and Mummification museums themselves are pretty sparse too. The major value to me is the illustration of the tomb decoration. Good book!

PS There is also a companion book, same format "The Illustrated Guide to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo", 600+ pages of color illustrations and explanations of (what else) the contents of the museum in Cairo. Also good.

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