Claustropobia and Heat inside Tombs

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Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:48 AM
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Claustropobia and Heat inside Tombs

I have read and been told by others that in many of the tombs and some of the Pyramids,where you can go inside...

that is very hot and claustrophobic inside.

Did any of you find this to be a problem in any of the places.

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Jun 23rd, 2005, 07:46 AM
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The experience is very different between the pyramids (which are very claustrophobic -- you descend into the Great Pyramid down a very small tunnel -- and warm) and the tombs in Luxor (some of which are spacious). You can certainly find some more open tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens around Luxor.
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Jun 23rd, 2005, 07:48 AM
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Thank You for your quick reply.

I just do not want to get that claustrophobic feeling inside a tomb!!

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Jun 23rd, 2005, 12:27 PM
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It was surprising how cool it was inside - I guess all that stone is a great insulator. Only claustrophobia was inside pyramid walking up to burial chamber - I passed on that.
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Jun 23rd, 2005, 02:45 PM
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In the Valley of the Kings, the passageways are pretty spacious and there's no problem with a group. The Valley of the Queens was different. It may depend on the tomb you're in but the one I was in, I wanted out when other people started to come down. It was narrow and small.
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Jun 24th, 2005, 06:49 PM
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Thank you all for your valuable information and your valued opinions.

So in some tombs it is hot and cramped and in other it may not be.

Unfortunately I am one of these claustrophobic fellows.

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Jun 25th, 2005, 02:54 AM
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I too passed on the Pyramids. But in the Valley of the Kings, there are a number of tombs that are quite roomy; others are tighter and some you have to climb down ladders (I left that one for my friend to do... who said it was amazing down there); and some you have to walk up a few flight of steps. There are certainly enough tombs to pick the ones you will feel comfortable visiting.

There are also some tombs out at Saqqara which can be tight and dark, so remember that when out that way.

While visiting a tomb can be considered part of the Egyptian Experience... you won't be missing anything if you don't, especially if you will - faint, can't breathe - generally be uncomfortable.

 
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Jun 25th, 2005, 06:19 PM
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Thanks sandi

You are a person after my own heart!!

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Jun 26th, 2005, 08:14 AM
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Percy, thanks for posting, my husband suffers claustrophobia and is 6'1. I am hoping our guide can let us know which tombs are more cramped and which are more spacious.
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Jun 26th, 2005, 11:44 AM
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Yes Thyra you and me both.

Some of my friends returned from Egypt in early May and though they are not cluastrophobic , they sure were in those tombs and Pyramids.

I guess I will have to play it by ear,once I get there.

If the opening is small and crowded, I will just pass!!

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