Findings believed to date back to 18th dynasty, in what experts are calling ‘the discovery of the year’
The Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities announced on Saturday the discovery of two ancient tombs at the necropolis of Draa Abou Naga, part of the Unesco World Heritage site of Thebes, near the Nile city of Luxor.
The occupants of the private tombs are as of yet unknown but believed by the ministry to date back to the 18th dynasty (1550BC to 1292BC). It’s the latest find of a series of discoveries in Draa Abou Naga, and Egypt in general, after the minister Khaled Alnani announced at the beginning of 2017 that it would be “a year of discoveries”.
The final resting places of two ancient officials contain colorful grave goods, an elaborate mural, and linen-wrapped human remains.
LUXOR, EGYPTEgyptian officials today announced the discovery and excavation of two tombs found in the necropolis of Dra’ Abu el-Naga in Luxor. The tombs, dated to the 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 B.C.) belonged to officials who likely served here at the ancient capital of Thebes, now a UNESCO world heritage site.
The tombs were surveyed and numbered by German Egyptologist Friederike Kampp-Seyfried in the 1990s. At the time, the tomb known as Kampp 161 was never opened, while the tomb identified as Kampp 150 was only excavated to its entrance. The tombs were recently re-discovered and excavated by Egyptian archaeologists.
The names of the officials buried in the tombs remains unknown, as no inscriptions bearing the names of the tombs’ occupants have yet been found.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi suggests the cross-fertilisation of ideas and practices that we take for granted today has a much longer history.
Smashing the record for any work of art sold at an auction, the long-lost painting of Jesus Christ – Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci – has sold at Christie’s in New York for $ 450.3 million: nearly half a billion dollars.
Salvator Mundi was painted around 1500 and was presumed to be lost until early this century. It was consigned to Dmitry Rybolovlev – a Russian fertiliser billionaire – who had acquired it from a Paris-based dealer Yves Bouvier for $127m, who had, in turn, acquired it from Sotheby’s in a private sale in 2013 for $50m less.
The price escalation of the painting from $77m in 2013 to $450.3m in 2017 is unprecedented and astonishing.
After exploring a fair bit of Cairo, I was pretty ready to escape the madness and head somewhere slightly more chilled out. After mulling over my options, I decided that Luxor would be an excellent choice.
I had more of a time budget than a money budget on this particular trip, so instead of spending hours on a train, I chose to get there via a very quick domestic flight. Luckily, domestic flights are very affordable in Egypt!
In just a little over an hour after taking off from Cairo, I had landed in Luxor.
I only had a few days with which to explore Luxor, so I was quick to dump my backpack and start exploring.
Egypt has been largely off the travel map for some time, and now tourism is slowly returning so QuirkyCruise.com decided to bring the legendary Nile cruise to your attention. Most important historic sites can now be enjoyed with far less crowding than in the past when the major sites were often overwhelmed with visitors.
The Nile is the world’s longest river at some 4,160 miles from source to mouth — in Egypt, the Upper Nile is in the south and the Lower Nile is up north. Most Nile River cruises sail between Luxor and Aswan, a 120-mile stretch. The four-night option visits the ancient temples and monuments at Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Esna; longer seven- and eight-night options add on the bit north of Luxor, stopping at Dendera and Abydos.
Visit a remote holy monastery and connect with the sense of pilgrimage at the secluded scenic mountain and desert landscapes of Sinai .
The experience of the Sinai mountains is like no other. Saint Catherine is a jewel located between the giant granite rocks of South Sinai Peninsula at the edge of El Tur Mountains and at the foot of High Sinai Mountains. Mount Catherine is the highest mountain in Egypt and exposes wide stretching views across the mountains and Red Sea.
When driving there you will witness magnificent mountain scenery of changing shapes and shades. The place is considered holy and contains rich historical and religious heritage. Mount Horeb (also called Jebel/Gebel/Musa) is where according to the old testament Moses, after having spent 40 days and 40 nights in the mountains, was given the Ten Commandments.
The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) praised on Tuesday the progress achieved by Egypt in preserving Historic Cairo, and proposed recommendations for the preservation efforts.
In its annual report on the Urban Regeneration of the Historic Cairo Project (URHC) published on Tuesday, the WHC praised “serious steps” taken by Egypt to develop the area and “preserve its architectural and urban heritage.”
The WHC welcomed “steps that have been taken to start and plan a major [project to restore Historic Cairo] under the control of the Ministry of Antiquities and the scope of its urban, cultural, economic and social goals aimed at revitalising the old city structures, and a one-year work programme to undertake studies and define an overall master plan.”
The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel, Egypt.
The Abu Simbel Temples are two rock temples located in Nubia, Egypt near the Sudan-Egypt border. The massive rock temples are a remarkable testament of ancient Egyptian civilization and were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979. Local legend has it that the temples were named after a local boy who led the first European explorers to the site in the early 19th century.
History Of The Abu Simbel Temples
The Abu Simbel Temples were constructed during the rule of Pharaoh Ramesses II in around 1264 BCE. The pharaoh commissioned the construction of the monuments as a commemoration of his victory against the Hittite Empire led at the ancient city of Kadesh during the Battle of Kadesh in May 1274 BCE.
Not everything amazing that you see is termed as the heritage site. In order for a place to be termed as the heritage site, it must be listed by the United Nations UNESCO organization as having a special cultural or physical significance. All the places which makes a place for themselves in this list are amazing as it is not possible for any petty thing to grab a place here. So, this implies that you must know at least the top 10 so that if you ever plan to visit these you are able to begin from the very best.The following is a list of top Most Amazing Cultural World Heritage Sites, which are note worthy for their beauty:
Machu Picchu is also known as “the Lost City of the Incas”.