THE TOMB OF NEFERTARI
It’s not hard to see why Nefertari’s tomb is often referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Ancient Egypt. The beautiful wall paintings are the apotheosis of Egyptian style during the New Kingdom.
The royal wife of Ramesses II, Nefertari was the favourite companion of the great pharaoh. He made that perfectly clear with her huge and grandiose tomb.
It was discovered in 1904 by Ernesto Schiaparelli. Unfortunately, by the time it had been found it had been extensively robbed and looted during antiquity. Almost nothing remained - not even the mummy of Nefertari. She was long gone.
What does remain, however, is a beautiful poem written by Ramesses on the wall of her burial chamber. “My love is unique — no one can rival her, for she is the most beautiful woman alive. Just bypassing, she has stolen away my heart”. Wow.
Now that’s a poem.