Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings is located within the heart of a hill is the final resting place

of the Great Pharaohs of Egypt new Kingdom (1570-1070 BC) the extraordinary

Valley of the Kings from the 16th to the 11th century B.C, the valley acted as

a royal tomb to the 18, 19, and 20th dynasty of Pharaohs and privileged Nobles.

The Valley is considered to be one of the ancient World’s most valuable monuments

for its cultural importance and historical significance. It contains about 63 cut-rock tombs

Valley of the Kings

valley of the kings

and chambers that vary in size and decorated with beautiful scenes of ancient Egyptian

mythology and images from their daily life that provides clues about their history, culture,

and religious beliefs during this period but unfortunately it was the subject of many

tomb raiders & grave robbers throughout history, this Valley has been the focus

of archaeological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs

and burial sites continue to stimulate research and interest until this present day.

In the year 1979, it became a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Valley of the Kings Location

It stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Modern Luxor in the center

of the Theban Necropolis. The high point of the Theban Hills has a pyramidal

shape when viewed from the entrance to the valley, and therefore some

Egyptologists & Archeologists believe it must have inspired its selection

to become. It is divided into the west valley

and the east valley where most of the royal tombs are suited.

Valley of the King’s History

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it s home to household names of ancient  pharaohs and queens

as it contains the remains of pharaohs like Rameses (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, IX, X),

Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I, and the famous young king Tutankhamun.

The first pharaoh to be buried in the Valley of the Kings was Thutmose

While the last pharaoh was Rameses X. It also contains powerful nobles including

their wives and children. Their tombs showed the level of luxury

these pharaohs enjoyed and the writings on the wall detailed much information about their lives.

The Most Famous Tombs in valley of the Kings

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One of the most famous tombs in the Valley of the Kings is the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun,

sometimes called King Tut which was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter.

Tut is a uniquely important discovery because the mummy of the young king was highly intact.

The tomb was packed with amazing artifacts including King Tut’s fully preserved mummy,

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a solid gold inner coffin, a chariot, the famous golden mask, and many others.

The tomb contained several chambers, the most important ones are the burial chamber, and the treasure chamber.

Tuthmse III’S tomb considered to be one of the oldest tombs and located

at the far end of the east valley. The oval-shaped chamber of the tomb

decorated with breathtaking inscriptions and stick figures.

Ramesses III Ramesses VI

Thutmose III Tomb

 Thutmose III Tomb

 Ramesses VI Tomb

 Ramesses VI Tomb

king Ramesses III‘s tomb contains the famous paintings of two blind harpists while

King Amenhotep, I tomb taught us it was a common practice to build his tomb

closer to the Nile River. It’s likely that this practice of separation was a move to prevent

the ransacking of their final resting places and the destruction of their legacy.

Ramesses VI has a magnificent burial chamber, the ceiling of which  decorated

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with hieratic graffiti and images of the sky goddess Nut swallowing and giving birth to the sun.

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historical tourist attractions in Egypt through a magical Nile Cruise along

the Nile Valley, enjoy the vacation you deserve in the land of pharaohs.

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