Whilst many holidays consist of simple relaxation and lots and lots of food and drink, just as many tourists leave their shores in search of some of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights known to man. Often, the most inspirational, fascinating and curious man made historical sites are tombs – built by a variety of civilisations for important people, kings or even Gods. Just entering these tombs can be an experience never forgotten. But what are the best tombs to visit and why?
Take a look at these three tomb sites which pull in the curious visitors year after year.
Valley of the Kings, Egypt
Where else to start? This burial ground of many ancient Egyptian pharaohs is without question one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and can be found next to the city of Luxor. Discovered in 1922, the most famous tomb is that of King Tutankhamen, complete with that golden mask which is instantly recognisable the world over. Egypt has become a popular tourist destination in the past few decades so if you are a nomadic traveller or simply on a package holiday, getting to the Valley is now easy and affordable. Put this on your bucket list if you haven’t already done so. A trip here can brighten up and diversify traditional Sharm el Sheikh holidays for example which are more often than not just spent by the beach!
The Terracotta Army, China
The Terracotta Army is one of China’s, and indeed Asia’s, biggest attractions and a tomb site like no other in the world. The Terracotta Army was found near the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang and consists of over 8000 handcrafted life-sized terracotta soldiers which were buried alongside the emperor to protect him in the afterlife. This is a truly unique tomb that has to be seen to be believed. Whilst there is so much to see and do in China if you take the plunge and visit this amazing country do not leave until you have experienced the Terracotta Army first hand.
Tomb of the Kings, Cyprus
Cyprus holidays are not complete without a visit to the Tomb of Kings in Paphos. First of all though it is worth pointing out that, despite the title, there aren’t any kings buried here. However, that is not to take anything away from the site as it got its name due to the impressiveness of the tombs – so you know that you will approve when you first lay eyes on it. Carved out of solid rock, the tombs are home to Ptolemaic aristocrats who it is believed lived and died in Paphos during the third century BC. It costs just a few Euros to visit, so even if you are on a cheap holiday to Paphos, you should be able to stretch your pennies far enough to cover the entrance fee.
Tombs needn’t be places to avoid. In fact, they are often the most interesting and historically significant places you could ever wish to visit. When on budget holidays, for a day at least, pull yourself away from the beach or the bar and take in the sometimes eerie but ultimately fascinating tombs of the world!