The tomb of the 19th dynasty's Seti I is probably the biggest
in the valley and one of the most beautiful. It is also complicated
in its structure but lavishly decorated.
A series of sloping corridors lead you down to a shaft and then
to a four-pillared room which has another side room with two
pillars attached to it.
Two more sloping corridors take you from the main room to the
and then to the vaulted burial chamber. The burial chamber has
6 columns and 5 side rooms attached to it. It has also a passage
that descends deep inside the mountain. Archeologists debated
the function of this passage but many now believe it was cut
to reach the groundwater.
Seti I's anthropoid alabaster sarcophagus
was taken to a London museum several years after Belzoni discovered
the tomb in 1817.
The size of the tomb allowed more space for paintings featuring
excerpts from the Book of the Dead,
as well as the usual paintings of the king in the presence
of the deities.
The mummy of Seti I was found in a cache at Deir