Newly renovated tombs near Giza Pyramids open to visitors
Courtesy: Ministry of Antiquities Facebook Page

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.

Iymery’s tomb

Iymery’s tomb


The walls of Iymery’s tomb are inscribed with colorful images of carpenters, craftsmen, goldsmiths, jewellers, and sculptors at work.

Giza tomb

Giza tomb

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.


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