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At the top of Sheikh Abdel Qurna

The smallish hill of Sheikh Abdel Qurna, where so many of the tombs of the Nobles are located, has quite a flat top. In this panorama, made in 2001, you can see the view to the Qurn. The dry stone wall you see when looking towards the river is the boundary of the so-called 'Upper Enclosure', devised in the early 20th century to divide the tombs into sub-areas. To the north can be seen the small shrine dedicated to the holy man who is supposed to have lived on the hill, the 'sheikh who revered the Qurn', in Arabic Sheikh Abdel Qurna.

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See this page for technical notes on how the panoramas were originally produced.

© Nigel Strudwick 1997-2018