This is the English version of my blog GDAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). I'm still working on it. English is not my native language. Please, feel free to correct me.
Hello, Damas! I’ll be in Egypt soon. I’d like to see the tomb of Cleopatra. Where is it? Any tip for my visit?
First, let’s make one thing clear. I believe you are talking about ‘Cleopatra VII‘ – the famous Cleopatra frequently featured in books, documentaries, motion pictures (Elizabeth Taylor) etc.
Visit her tomb? Sorry, not possible yet.
Sadly, the location of Cleopatra’s body is one of the greatest enigmas of Ancient Egypt. Researchers lie on thousands of theories and speculations. The discovery is sometimes announced as “probably very close,” but archaeologists soon end up in a dead end.
Cleopatra’s tomb would be celebrated as the greatest happening in the country after the uncover of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. The responsible for this exciting event would shine as an immortal in archaeology. Understandably, this is a fixed idea in the mind of many archaeologists. Zahi Hawass, archaeologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs in Egypt, has kept this dream as a key ambition in his life.
No Cleopatra? There’s always Tut
Feeling frustrated? Let’s be positive. There is, well, a consolation prize — and a big one.
At least you can see the body of the most popular pharao: Tutankhamun. Every time I visit the enigmatic Valley of the Kings, I go to King Tut‘s tomb and see his mummy inside a glass box. Can you imagine that? You and Tutankhamun, just a few centimeters away! I’ll soon show this visit in great details in this blog.
So, instead of Cleopatra, will you visit Tut?
Oh, of course I will, Damas!
Now, before we finish here, I warn you one thing about Cleopatra. We must recognize the motion picture Cleopatra, with Elizabeth Taylor, by its value in the history of cinema. It’s a classic. But, historically, the masterpiece has many mistakes, not to mention all the dramatic license. So, accept it as a simple entertaining story.
Long live Egypt!
Oh, wait. A speciel note. You can’t see Cleopatra’s tomb, but Elizabeth Taylor’s tomb… yes. 😛 You can find it at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Los Angeles, California