Travel through the sands of time on this exclusive cruise with world renowned Egyptologist, Dr. Hawas.
It's remarkable how much a place can change in 3,000 years. More shocking are the places that don't change at all. Regarding the phenomenally preserved tombs of Queen Nefertari and Tutankhamun, it's miraculous that these destinations have remained intact for such a great amount of time. Undoubtedly, the stunning sights in these ancient tombs make Luxor one of the most traveled tourist hot spots in the world.
Tutankhamun's tomb gets replaced
Unfortunately, there's only so much a tomb thousands of years old can withstand. Tutankhamun's tomb is one of the most visited locations in Egypt, attracting around 1,000 visitors a day according to BBC Travel. All of that traffic leaves the site particularly susceptible to deterioration, but it isn't the wear and tear of foot traffic causing it to break down. It's the extra moisture put into the air by breathing tourists. That's what made this enduring 3,000-year-old crypt decay in just a matter of decades.
Attempts to restore the tomb have actually accelerated the decaying process. Now, authorities are relying on a different method to help preserve the tomb. Using 3-D scanners and tedious precision, officials have gone great lengths to make an identical replica of the site while restricting access to the original location. It may not seem like an authentic alternative, but a BBC-commissioned Egyptologist has called the copied tomb a marvelous site. Additionally, for a limited time tourists will be allowed to view the original tomb next to the replica site. For those who want to see the time-honored original in all of its historic glory, time may be running out.
Queen Nefertari's tomb holds strong
There are other Egyptian crypts that are enduring far better than Tutankhamun's, however. The tomb of Queen Nefertari - the queen of Egypt for some time and known as one of the most beautiful women on Earth - is remarkably well preserved. The paint on the walls is still vibrant and colorful and the paintings remain virtually undamaged.
Egypt contains some of the most well preserved historic sites in the history of mankind. One of the only rivals to the grand ancient sites may be the phenomenally intact structures of ancient China. Here, the 1,500-year-old Great Wall of China remains sturdy and strong, a symbol of ancient Chinese engineering, and the stunning Terracotta warriors - over 2,200 years old - stand with finely detailed facial features and well-crafted bronze weaponry almost perfectly preserved.
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