Queen Nefertari is one of Egypt's greatest queens, she was a member of the 19th dynasty in the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC), and the beloved main wife of the great Pharaoh Ramses II A.K.A Ramses the Great (1303-1213 BC). She was the favorite Queen of the King and his first wife, he married her before he set on the throne of Egypt, she was not a king daughter but she was a woman of true nobility, the king married her while she was 13 years old while he was 15 years old. Ramses has around 200 children but only six children from Nefertari, four sons Amun-her-Khepeshef, Pareherwenemef, Meriatum, and Meryre. And two daughters Meritamen and Henuttawy.
Queen Nefertari is the symbol of beauty in Egypt, Nefertari means the beautiful companion believer of Mut plus she has many titles like Sweet of Love, Bride of God, Lady of the Two Lands, King’s great wife, and God’s wife.
She died in 1256 B.C at an age of around 40 or 50 years old. Ramses II built her the most beautiful and largest tomb in The Valley of The Queens, her tomb is a true example of masterful decorations and a pure reflection of the importance of women during the ancient Egyptian civilization. It was decorated in enchanting colors and well-preserved wall paintings of her usual daily life, poetry, and holy text from the book of the dead. Her mummy and sarcophagus were stolen by tomb raiders but the Egyptian museum still contains some remains of her tomb.
Ramses II showcased his love and devotion to Nefertari by building her a temple in Abu Simbel Temples just one hundred meters away from his grand temple, it was the smallest one that was dedicated to Hathor (goddess of joy, love, and happiness) which shows a great statue for her, Ramses and the gods.
You can witness this majestic monument during a Nile River cruise between Luxor and Aswan. Witness the best of Egypt and travel to mysterious places such as Giza pyramids and the sphinx. Check our Egypt vacation packages and contact us to know more.
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