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Tomb of Ramesses III Tomb of Ramesses III
Photo by Raymon Kondos
© 2009 Your Egypt

This tomb was first cut by Ramesses III's father Setnakht. The excavators cut the first three corridors when they found they are breaking in the adjacent tomb of Amenmesse. At that point Setnakht abandoned the tomb and usurped that of Twosret. Meanwhile Ramesses III decided to continue digging in this one, so at the end of the third corridor he shifted the axis to the right to avoid collision with the other tomb and continued digging the rest of the tomb. He also added side rooms to the second corridor. The tomb has further rooms, a four-pillared hall and finally the eight-pillared burial chamber.

The tomb is not completely excavated so the inside part is inaccessible.
After the tomb's excavation in the 19th century the red granite sarcophagusWhat does it mean? was taken to the Louvre museum in France and its lid to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (England).

The decoration of the tomb has unique representation of daily life. In one of the second corridor's side rooms, there is a beautiful scene of harpists playing for the king. For that reason, the whole tomb was once called "tomb of the harpists." The tomb has well-preserved paintings though the inner parts severely suffered water floods.

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