What Is The Valley Of The Kings?
The Valley of the Kings is where the ultramodern myth of Egypt began with Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, complete with all of the treasures with which he’d been buried, in 1922.
The fame of that discovery steered a new period of Egyptian tourism as the treasures of Tutankhamun voyaged the world and generated new, wide interest in the history of Ancient Egypt. The valley isn’t veritably impactful at first look.
It isn’t much further than a sun-blasted couloir of general, red rock, but hidden underneath the earth are the tombs of nearly 70 pharaohs.
Excavation is proceeding in some of them, but numerous are open to visitors on a revolving schedule to allow for restoration. Seeing the ornate decorations on the walls of these tombs and imagining the meticulous process necessary to produce them is well worth the visit indeed in the hottest months.
Where Is The Valley Of Kings?
The Valley of the Kings is located on the west bank of the Nile River near Luxor. It’s the most notorious site for the unique collections of sepultures and stirring ancient remains. That location makes it one of the hottest spots for exploring ancient Egyptian history. Archaeologists have been sweeping the area of the Valley of the Kings for centuries, and till now it continues to surprise them.
Exploration and Discovery
The uproariousness of the discoveries then in the Valley of the Kings has kept archeologists busy for nearly two centuries. However, thankfully the possibility of such a huge task is excluded for you, If all of the tombs then were open to visitors it would be nearly insolvable to actually make it to all of them.
The tourism authorities only open many of the tombs at a time in order to allow for a continual cycle of keep and restoration. Anyhow, there are certain to be several emotional tombs open at any one time. Be careful to heed the advice of your guide or guidebook on which bones
Famous Pharaohs and Tombs
The most notorious tombs aren’t inescapably the most emotional and a ticket to the Valley of the Kings only allows you to enter three tombs. A separate ticket is needed to enter Tutankhamun’s tomb although you may find it a disappointing sight, especially given the redundant cost.
During the New Kingdom’s period of ancient Egyptian history( 1539- 1075B.C.), the Valley of the Kings was the major burial ground for the utmost of the royal pharaohs. The most notorious pharaohs buried there were Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II. Also, you’ll find there the tombs of the utmost of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties queens high preachers, and other elites of that period.
A flashBack that Tutankhamun was a fairly minor pharaoh, made notorious by the fact that his tomb is the only one in the valley that was discovered with its contents still intact, not by the majesty of his tomb relative to the others. Those contents are now on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Building tombs were part of the ancient Egyptian’s belief in the afterlife and their preparations for the next world. The ancient Egyptians explosively believed in the afterlife where they were promised to continue their lives and dictators were promised the league with the gods.
The process of Mummification was principally important to save the body of the departed to allow his eternal soul to wake up again in the afterlife. The ancient tombs also included all the personal property of the departed as it was believed that they might need them in the afterlife.
Salima Ikram, a professor of Egyptology at American University in Cairo and a National Geographic heir said that the ancient Egyptian pharaohs included so numerous personal property in their tombs including pieces of furniture, clothes, and jewelry. still, what remains a riddle is that they didn’t have any books buried with them.
The most intriguing fact was that sepultures indeed included numerous kinds of food and drink, indeed wine and beer, as well as the precious objects that were meant to help the departed pass to the afterlife and achieve eternity, indeed the pharos favored companions and retainers were buried with them!
Make sure that you remember to buy tickets at the West Bank ticket office before arriving at the Valley of the Kings. Tickets for all sites on the west bank must be purchased at this office and cannot be purchased on location at any of the sites.
Egyptian City Near The Valley Of The Kings
Explore Luxor Tours’ uncountable adventures, start with the East bank tour visiting Karnak Temple, and Luxor Temple, also enjoy the West bank tour visiting Valley Of The Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, the Colossi of Memnon, enjoy a hot air balloon ride in the morning.
Take in Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan visiting Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Esna while enjoying the beautiful view of the Nile along the way, or spend a day in Cairo visiting The Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, Mykreinus, the Sphinx, the Egyptian museum, Old Cairo also go shopping in Khan El Khalili, or a trip to Aswan visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, the High Dam and Abu Simple Temples.
All these tours are assured to add something memorable to your tours in Luxor with EZ Tour Egypt.