A Glimpse at Queen Nefertari

Nefertari’s Tomb in The Valley of the Queens is highly secluded and exclusive. We were blessed with our tour guide who gained us access to this sacred space. It is typically very difficult to get tickets; the authorities are choosy with whom they allow in and for how long.

Nefertari was an Egyptian queen and the first of the Great Royal Wives (or principal wives) of Ramesses the Great. Nefertari means ‘beautiful companion’.

She was born in 1300 BC.

I think the most beguiling fact about her tomb is that it’s decorated with scenes from The Egyptian Book of The Dead. It was discovered completely in tact in 1904.

I made the videos above and below to provide fun facts and rare footage I was able to take inside the tomb.

The original hand-painted signboard to the tomb in the Valley of Queens
The entrance of the tomb is like something from a movie, I kept pinching myself as we walked down the stairs
Nefertari’s Hieroglyph

Nefertari had many names:

  • Great of Praises
  • Sweet of Love
  • Great King’s Wife
  • Lady of The Two Lands
  • Wife of the Strong Bull
  • god’s Wife
  • Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt
  • The one for whom the sun shines

The tomb of Nefertari, QV66 is one of the largest in the Valley of the Queens. It is 520 square meters, and covered with pictures of Nefertari.

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View from our boat during our 12-day cruise – note the tropical date palms!

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