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This is the Tomb of Ramesses VI. This splendid burial place is where the king was laid to rest.

The layout of the tomb is typical in Ramesside design - long and thin with a steady descent. Originally, Ramesses V was interred here but Ramesses VI reused it as his own. This wasn’t uncommon as many pharaohs usurped their predecessor’s tombs and monuments as their own.

The colours on the wall are still vibrant and depict scenes from the Book of the Dead, Book of Gates and Book of Caverns.

The tomb has been open since antiquity and has been visited by millions of people.

During the Greco-Roman period, the tomb was thought to belong to Memnon, the mythological king of the Ethiopians who fought in the Trojan War.

There is an estimated over 900 graffito left by visitors of the tomb since the 1st century BC. People were eager to leave their own names behind to be immortalised in the eternal stone.

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