Two ancient tombs by the Giza Pyramids have been opened to the public for the first time in their 4,500+ -year history.
The tombs are associated with the Fourth Dynasty’s Pharaoh Cheops/Khufu (who reigned circa 2589–2566) and commissioned the construction of the Great Pyramid.
The first tomb belongs to a nobleman named Iymery, believed to be a high priest during Khufu’s rule, and the second to his son, Neferbau-Ptah.
While the colorful tombs of Iymery and Neferbau-Ptah were first discovered in 1925, it is only 90 years later that they have been opened to visitors.
A statement, issued by the Ministry of State for Antiquities on Monday, explained that the tombs have been undergoing restoration since 2010 — with lights and a path added for visitors.
The tombs are located in the southwestern corner of ancient Giza’s western necropolis.
According to the ministry’s statement, Iymery’s tomb contains five chambers and a crypt. The tomb is 144 square meters, with a height of around 4.6 meters. It also contains a life-sized statue, carved into the wall of its first corridor.
The walls of Iymery’s tomb are inscribed with colorful images of carpenters, craftsmen, goldsmiths, jewellers, and sculptors at work.
Neferbau-Ptah’s tomb also contains five chambers and a crypt. His tomb walls reveal images of agricultural scenes, animals, and offerings to the gods.