Tausert tomb Luxor KV 14 Egypt tours, prices, booking, reviews
Tausert tomb Luxor KV 14 known in fact as Tawosret and Setnakht tomb. It indeed is one of the most unusual tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Moreover, Tausert tomb Luxor is also one of the largest tombs in the Valley of Kings. It encompasses two complete burial chambers. The tomb open and known since antiquity. Between 1983 and 1987, it studied in detail by Hartwig Altenmiller. The tomb built by Tausert, a queen and wife of Sethos II who later ruled Egypt as Pharaoh. The tomb shows four distinct phases of construction. The beginning was when Tausert was still the queen. The construction thus ordered by Seti II. The second phase of construction occurred after the death of Seti II. It was under the reign of King Siptah.
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King Siptah allowed the construction to go on much as Seti II had instructed. During this period, a sarcophagus hall created for the tomb. But it not of course designed as a king’s burial chamber. Around 1190 BC, Tausert became the co-regent of Siptah. Furthermore, she accepted the royal regalia and and began work on the second burial chamber. It was with the proper dimensions for a king. In fact, the entrance to Tausert tomb Luxor and the corridors had to enlarge. It is to accommodate the size of what was now to be a royal coffin. Around 1187 BC, Queen Tausert actually ascended to the thrown of Egypt as Pharaoh. She also ordered modifications to the tomb to reflect her exclusive royal status.
Setnakht was the father of Ramses III. He created his own tomb, KV 11 in the Valley of Kings. It was as the normal custom for kings of this period. In fact, KV 11 unfinished at the time of the king’s death. There appears to have plenty of time for it to complete. It is before the Kings burial. Moreover, Ramses III decided at the last minute to have his father interred in the tomb of Tausert. It was rather than his own. It was against the final wishes of his father. In fact, Ramses III would likewise not build his own tomb. He rather would take his fathers original tomb as his own (KV 11). It was against the current custom.
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In fact, we know nothing about his reasoning on these sharp departures from custom. Almost all the other Pharaohs buried in the Valley of the Kings built their own tombs. They then occupied upon their deaths. The tomb not really Setnakht’s tomb at all. It almost built for Tausert. The first part of Tausert tomb Luxor includes an entrance and three corridors. They lead to a ritual shaft and then a small hall with no pillars. Moreover, a fourth corridor leads to a small antechamber. And then, it leads to the first burial chamber with several annexes. Just past this burial chamber are several more annexes. And then two more corridors that lead to the second burial chamber.
It also has four annexes and a corridor leading off from its rear. Furthermore, both the first and the second burial chambers have eight pillars. The axis of Tausert tomb Luxor approximates an east-west alignment. The various extensions constructed at different times shift in their orientation. In the first corridor, we find images of Tausert before deities. In fact, some of these have usurped to show a king rather than Tausert herself. Moreover, these images appear to be about the only decorations which changed for Setnakht. Most of the remaining decorative plan remained the same. It is with the exception that most of the places where the queens image or name appears. The area plastered over and painted with king Setnakht’s image and name.
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Furthermore, within the second and third corridors are passages from the Book of the Dead. In the ritual shaft are also images of various deities. Moreover, in the first small hall are again scenes from the Book of the Dead. In the following antechamber are images of deities. Just before the antechamber to the first burial chamber, we find scenes. They are from the Opening of the Mouth ritual. The first burial chamber has also scenes from the Book of Gates. It also has the closing scenes from the Book of Caverns, along with an astronomical ceiling. After the first burial chamber, the corridors decorated with scenes from the Amduat. The second burial chamber has an astronomical ceiling. It is also along with scenes from the Book of Gates on its walls. Little in the way of funerary equipment found in this tomb, other then a smashed sarcophagus.
Entrance to Tausert tomb Luxor:
The tomb is currently open to visitors. Ticket for the King’s Valley cost 200 Egyptian pound for three Tombs. It includes Tausert tomb. It can bought at the gate. Photography inside the tombs strictly forbidden and can incur heavy fines. There is a little train – Taftaf – that runs from the coach park to the entrance to the monument area. It costs 5 Egyptian pound.