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Seti I tomb Luxor (Sethos I) is the longest, deepest and most completely finished in the Valley of Kings. It is at more than 120 meters. Seti I tomb Luxor also represents the fullest development of offset, or jogged royal tombs in the valley. The tomb discovered in October 1817 by the strongman of the early antiquarians. He was the Italian Giovanni Battista Belzoni. In fact, the tomb still known as Belsoni’s tomb. the tomb discovered only a few days after the tomb of his father, Ramses I. When discovered, the tomb made international headlines. Furthermore, the exhibits of the tomb held in London in 1821, and later in Paris. The tomb also located in a small lateral wadi in the Valley of Kings.
Indeed, the reign of Seti I’ known for high achievements in art and culture. In fact, Seti I tomb Luxor was one of the hallmarks of his building projects. In addition, it is with refined bas-reliefs and colorful paintings. The decorations more refined than in earlier tombs. It is with figures having larger ears and smaller mouths. Seti I tomb marks the first time that decorations cover every passage and chamber. The decorative style established in the tomb followed or in part by every succeeding tomb. It is through the rest of the valley’s history. Furthermore, the structure of the tomb is complex. There is also a clear division of the upper section of the tomb and the lower section.
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As in many of the tombs of the valley, a stairway leads to a first corridor. And then to a second stairway and a second corridor, which in turn leads to the ritual shaft. For the first time, the Litany of Re appears on the walls of these first two passages. In addition, it is with scenes from the Amduat (the third hour). It is also in the second passage (as well as deeper sections of the tomb). Just within the entrance to Seti I tomb Luxor is a scene on the left. It depicts the king praying in front of the sun god Ra in his falcon headed shape. Furthermore, within the ritual shaft, decorations follow an established pattern. It also shows the king before various gods. The deities also include Isis, Hathor and Osiris.
After the ritual shaft there is a four pillared room eight meters wide. Moreover, we find also scenes from the Book of Gates. They include fifth and sixth hours, each hour starts with a decorated gate, guarded by snakes. There is also another innovation. In fact, it the Osiris shrine. It marks the transition into the lower reaches of most Ramessid period tombs. In the back of this room to the right attached another room of similar dimensions with two pillars. Decorations in the two pillared room are only sketched. They depict the ninth through eleventh hours of the Amduat.
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On the back left of the four pillared room is a stairway. The stairway closed off and painted to suggest that the tomb ended here. It leads to a third corridor and then to a final stairway. It also leads to a small antechamber and then a six pillared burial chamber. In these lower passages are scenes from the “Opening of the Mouth” ceremonies.
In the antechamber, Seti shown sacrificing and praying. He is before Anubis, Isis, Horus-son-of-Isis, Hathor and Osiris. On the back wall of this chamber, he depicted in front of Ptah and Nefertum. The burial chamber divided into two parts, a six pillared room and at the back, a crypt. One of the pillars completely destroyed. Some of the decorations on the other pillars removed. They now displayed intact at the museum in Berlin. These all decorated with scenes dominated by Osiris. On all six sides of the pillars that faced the central axis were scenes. The scenes are of the jackal-headed and falcon-headed “souls” of Buto and Hierakonpolis.
Seti I tomb Luxor ceiling:
The ceiling of the burial chamber painted with astronomical decorations. For the first time, the ceiling in the crypt area vaulted. It also painted with astronomical decorations. Moreover, the ceiling records specific constellations of the night sky. It is along with the various decans or calendar units. The decorative theme of the burial chamber includes passages. They from the Book of Gates and the Amduat. There are also annexes on either side of the burial chamber towards the front. There are also small niches reminiscent of features in the tomb of Amenophis III. The left chamber decorated with the fourth hour from the Book of Gates. The right chamber also has an entire copy of The Book of the Celestial Cow.
Steps at the back pair of pillars in the burial chamber lead down into the crypt. Here, Belzoni found an elegant empty alabaster sarcophagus. In fact, it is a little less than three meters long. It is with walls only five centimeters thick, making it translucent. Upon it engraved passages from the Book of Gates as well as passages from the Book of the Dead. This sarcophagus later purchased by Sir John Soane. Moreover, John put it in his London Museum at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, where it remains today.
Further details about Seti I tomb Luxor:
Further annexes include a small annex at the back right of the crypt. They also include a two pillared annex to the back left. Moreover, they also include a four pillared annex off the back of the crypt. The right camber called the “Chamber of Djed” (a symbol of Osiris). The two pillared room is large and completely decorated. Osiris in various shapes decorate the pillars. In addition, on the upper walls are scenes from the sixth through eighth hour of the Amduat. But of real interest here is the lower walls. They show pictures of items in Seti I tomb Luxor. But unfortunately, much of these illustrations not well preserved. The burial chamber is not the end of the this tomb. The tomb connected to the underworld by a corridor. The corridor leads from the back of the crypt down to the water level.
Entrance to Seti I tomb Luxor:
The tomb is currently open to visitors. Ticket for Valley of Kings cost 200 Egyptian pound for three tombs including Seti I tomb Luxor. It bought at the gate. Photography inside the tombs forbidden and can incur heavy fines. There is a little train – Taftaf – runs from the coach park to the entrance to the monument area. It costs 5 Egyptian pound.