Egyptian Travel: Exploring The Valley of the Kings

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The Valley of the Kings is a famous archaeological site located on the western bank of the Nile River in Luxor, Egypt. It is renowned for being the burial place of many ancient Egyptian pharaohs, including some of the most well-known rulers from the New Kingdom period (approximately 1550–1070 BCE). 

The valley's location was carefully chosen by the ancient Egyptians due to its secluded nature, which provided a level of protection for the tombs against tomb robbers and natural elements. The valley contains around 63 known tombs, though the exact number might vary as new discoveries are made over time.

A 3D model map of the Valley of the kings showing tunnels that lead into the tombs

Some of the most notable pharaohs whose tombs have been found in the Valley of the Kings include:

Tutankhamun: Perhaps the most famous discovery in the valley, Tutankhamun's tomb was unearthed by Howard Carter in 1922. It contained a vast array of priceless treasures and artifacts, providing significant insight into ancient Egyptian burial practices.

Inside the tomb of Ramses II Inside the tomb of Ramses II

Ramses II: Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, was one of Egypt's most powerful pharaohs. His tomb is one of the largest and most elaborate in the valley.









Outside the tomb of Seti I

Seti I: The tomb of Seti I is one of the most impressive in the valley, known for its intricate decorations and long corridors.

Outside the tomb of Seti I

It's important to note that not all pharaohs were buried in the Valley of the Kings. Some rulers, particularly those from the earlier periods of ancient Egyptian history, were interred in other locations such as the nearby Valley of the Queens or in the pyramids.

The Valley of the Kings remains a significant site for Egyptology, and ongoing research and excavation continue to shed light on the lives and beliefs of ancient Egyptians. However, due to preservation efforts, the number of tombs open to the public is limited, and some tombs are periodically closed to visitors to prevent damage and deterioration.


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  • Thanks Dr. Heidi Jackson! We did just mention the few tombs that were open at the time we visited in October 2022. Hopefully, next time we visit we will be able to visit Thutmose I. We have blogs about the Valley of the Queens as well:

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  • You forgot to mention Tatmose l, since he is the father of Hatshepsut, the most powerful female Pharaoh, also buried in the valley of the kings.
    But let’s be honest, the valley of the Queens is much more important than the valley of the kings.

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