Because it is located on the west bank of the Nile, just across from Luxor, and because it is the place of the legendary “Valley of the Kings,” it is often included in the complete travel packages in Egypt. The Valley of the Kings remains the most famous place for archaeological excavations, especially when finding archaeological remains and artifacts.
Some of the fantastic structures, tombs, and temples found in this vast area are the tomb of the young king Tutankhamun, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon.
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Overland travel takes three hours to reach the Egyptian city of Aswan, and it takes the same time to get to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. On the other hand, the journey from Cairo to any of these places takes only one hour.
During the New Kingdom, which was from 1550 BC to 1070 BC, most of the pharaohs of Egypt were buried in tombs carved into the rocks in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes. At least 26 of the 32 dynasty kings who ruled during the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties are buried, according to historical records. In 1827, 21 of the 62 tombs in the Valley of the Kings were counted and arranged by John Gardner Wilkinson. Since then, each grave has been given a number that matches the year it was found.
There are also about twenty tombs that were created but never finished. In the Valley of the Kings, many officials, members of the royal family, and priests were buried in graves that were not intended for royalty. The Egyptian pharaohs built these tombs. During the Eighteenth Dynasty in Egypt, tombs were often built at or near the bottom of the cliffs that surrounded the Valley of the Kings.
The best places for these tombs were under the valleys because every time it rained, a “waterfall” would rush over the cliff’s edge and throw stones and dirt at the entrance, burying it more and more. This was the best place for those. The Twentieth Dynasty liked the little bump of stone stuck out from the side of the ravine. On the other hand, the late 18th and early 19th dynasties liked the slopes of the Talos.
During the Middle Ages, the construction of the Deir el-Medina fortress began. Since there are many artifacts and inscriptions in the village of Wadi Deir al-Madina, we know a great deal about how the tombs in the Valley of the Kings were carved and decorated. The town was in a valley, so this made sense.
The Egyptian artists of the New Kingdom who sculpted and decorated tombs in the Valley of the Kings were buried at a place called Deir el-Medina, one kilometer (one mile) south of the Valley of the Kings. About one kilometer (one mile) from the Valley of the Kings is a place called Deir el-Medina.
During the era of the New Kingdom, more than 400 people lived in the town of Major. Now, only about 70 homes remain. The central part of the city no longer exists. The typical type of stone was used to build these houses, and they were all lined up along a narrow road.
Equipping the royal tombs took a long time and required the skills of many different professionals. During this time, many of these professionals were living in Deir el-Medina, and this city was also the place where the royal family was buried.
As a kind of indirect payment for their labor, they were given food and drink as “payment in kind.” This was a kind of reward for all the hard work they put in. The men get two days off during the weekend as a reward for their hard work over the past eight days. They worked eight-hour shifts.
It was brought to our attention that tickets can be purchased at the main entrance to the Valley of the Kings, where there is a ticket booth. There are three tombs where people can buy tickets, and entrance fees and ticket prices for the I and Tutankhamun tombs differ.
To avoid rejection, tickets must be paid in advance. At the Tutankhamun Visitor Center near the tomb, you can also watch a documentary on how the tomb was found. Turning the entrances to the tomb around it would preserve the original paint job from being eroded by the people walking through it. If you want to escape the crowds, go to the cemeteries far from the entrance.
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