Ramesses III tomb Luxor KV 11 information, tours, prices, booking
Ramesses III tomb Luxor (KV 11) is a complex system. It known since antiquity. In fact, Ramesses III tomb Luxor explored during modern times by James Bruce in 1768. Later, William Browne gained access to the burial chamber in 1792. Belzoni removed the sarcophagus and lid, which are now in the Louvre Museum. In fact, he named it the “Tomb of the Harpists”. It is due to a bas relief representation of two blind harpists. European travelers often referred to Ramesses III tomb Luxor as “Bruce’s Tomb”. In fact, Ramesses III tomb Luxor decorated with grand colors that remain vivid.
Ramesses III tomb Luxor is 125 meters long. Moreover, it follows typical plans of the Nineteenth Dynasty’s tombs. Though it has an unusual number of annexes. From the entrance, a stairway leads to the first corridor which has an annex on either side. Furthermore, this corridor leads two a second corridor that has four small annexes on either side. The second corridor leads to a dead end room, but with a third corridor leading off from the right side. This change in axis was because workmen came across Amenemesses’ tomb. They required to make adjustments to avoid it. Up to the point of this change in axis, the tomb built for Setnakht. He abandoned the work at this point. Ramesses III offset the tomb, and continued the work as his own.
Further details about Ramesses III tomb Luxor KV 11:
The third corridor at Ramesses III tomb Luxor leads to the ritual shaft. And then a four pillared hall with one large annex off to its right. After the pillared hall, a fourth corridor leads to two room vestibule. And then finally to the burial chamber. The burial chamber has one annex leading off from each of its corners, plus a fifth annex at the rear. At the entrance to Ramesses III tomb Luxor are indeed unique, twin Hathor-headed columns. Between them is the standard solar disc with goddesses. The first several corridors decorated for Sethnakhte. It is with remnants of his name still present. Passages from the Litany of Re adorn their walls. The side chambers added by Ramesses III and decorated with unique secular scenes.
They include paintings of the royal armory and representations of boats. Moreover, they also include the famous blind harpists. Ramesses III tomb has also scenes of the king’s treasury. They show luxury items, some of which imported from Aegean. After the offset, the decorative program becomes that of Ramesses III’s work. Scenes from the Amduat found in the corridor leading from the offset. It is while standard divine scenes decorate the ritual shaft. The four pillared hall decorated with scenes from the Book of Gates. They are with Ramesses III and various deities on the pillars themselves. The final corridor inscribed with material from the Opening of the Mouth ceremony. In the antechambers, there are decorations depicting various deities.
More details about the tomb of Ramesses III in Luxor:
Within the burial chamber itself are to found decorations form the Book of Gates and the Book of the Earth. There are no ceiling decorations, but the side rooms decorated with. There was little in the way of funerary equipment which found in Ramesses III tomb Luxor. Five shabtis figures cast in solid bronze found in Ramesses III tomb Luxor. The eight-pillared burial chamber has suffered from severe flood damage. It decorated with scenes from the “Book of Gates” and the “Book of the Earth”. There is no astronomical ceiling. Side-chambers contain extracts from, “Book of the Divine Cow” and “Book of Aker”. At the end of the burial chamber is an extension of several further annexes.
Furthermore, the red granite sarcophagus of Ramesses III sold to the King of France and is now in the Louvre. It’s lid, which found by Belzoni sold to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The mummy of the king found in the Deir el-Bahri cache (DB 320). It is now in Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Entrance to Ramesses III tomb Luxor KV 11:
The tomb is currently open to visitors. Ticket for Valley of Kings costs 80 Egyptian pound for three tombs. It includes Ramesses III tomb Luxor. In fact, photography inside the tombs forbidden. Moreover, it 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.