Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings. It is the necropolis of Egypt where many of the pharaohs of the New Empire are buried, more than 60 tombs carved in the rocks have been discovered.

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Where is the Valley of the Kings located?

The Valley of the Kings is located in the city of Luxor, on the West of the Nile River. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This large necropolis, near Luxor, contains more than 60 tombs of pharaohs and nobles of the New Kingdom, one of the most prosperous periods in the history of ancient Egypt.
Among the finds are the chambers of Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II. It even has an analog of the wives and relatives of the pharaohs, called the Valley of the Queens.

Important facts about the Valley of the Kings

Once called the Great Necropolis of Millions of Years of the Pharaohs or Place of Truth, the Valley of the Kings contains 63 magnificent royal tombs from the New Empire period (1550-1069 BC), all very different from each other.
The western bank had been a royal cemetery from the First Intermediate Period (2181-2055 BC).
At least three rulers of the 11th Dynasty built their tombs near the present-day village of Taref, northeast of the Valley of the Kings. However, the pharaohs of the 18th dynasty chose the remote valley dominated by the pyramidal summit of al-Qurn (The Horn).
The solitary site where the Valley of the Kings is located is surrounded by cliffs that were easy to survey and, when viewed from the Theban plain, appears to be the place where the sun sets, something the ancient Egyptians associated with the afterlife.

The Valley of the Kings Tombs

Although numerous tombs have been discovered, such as those of Tutankhamun, Ramses I, Ramses II, Ramses III and Ramses IV, Amenhotep II, Seti I, Siptah, Thutmose III and Horemheb, as well as their treasures, which are displayed in museums such as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo or the Luxor Museum, you cannot help but wonder what other fascinating riches will still be hidden underground, simply waiting to be discovered. It is known that although there are about 60 tombs and chambers in the valley, excavations continue and new tombs have been found, so it is believed that there could b

Facts about The Valley of the Kings Tombs

The tombs have suffered extensive damage from treasure hunters, floods, and in recent years.
Mass tourism: the carbon dioxide, friction, and humidity produced by the 2.8 g of sweat left by each visitor on average have affected the reliefs and pigments of the wall paintings.
Each tomb in the valley has a number representing the order in which it was discovered.
Among the tombs found are: Ramses II, Ramses VII, the famous tomb of Tutankhamun, Thutmose I, Thutmose III, Amenhotep II, and Seti I, among other tombs.

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Stunning cities to visit in Egypt
  • Greater Cairo – the capital of Egypt, home to the Giza Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum and fabulous Islamic architecture.
  • Luxor – the gateway to the Valley of the Kings, amongst other fabulous attractions.
  • Aswan – a more relaxed option, full of amazing sights.
  • Port Said – the center of the third-largest metropolitan area, has a cosmopolitan heritage, home to the Lighthouse of Port Said.
  • Hurghada – a town on the Red Sea, filled with all-inclusive resorts and diving.
  • Sharm El Sheikh – a hugely popular resort town on the Sinai peninsula, with some of the best scuba diving in the world.
  • Alexandria – Egypt’s window on the Mediterranean, with still-palpable glimpses of the past.
Popular destinations in Egypt
  • Greater Cairo – the capital of Egypt, home to the Giza Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum and fabulous Islamic architecture.
  • Luxor – the gateway to the Valley of the Kings, amongst other fabulous attractions.
  • Aswan – a more relaxed option, full of amazing sights.
  • Port Said – the center of the third-largest metropolitan area, has a cosmopolitan heritage, home to the Lighthouse of Port Said.
  • Hurghada – a town on the Red Sea, filled with all-inclusive resorts and diving.
  • Sharm El Sheikh – a hugely popular resort town on the Sinai peninsula, with some of the best scuba diving in the world.
  • Alexandria – Egypt’s window on the Mediterranean, with still-palpable glimpses of the past.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Valley of the Kings and what does it consist of?
The Valley of the Kings is the necropolis of Egypt where many of the pharaohs of the New Empire are buried, to date more than 60 tombs carved in the rocks have been discovered. In ancient times the valley was called "Ta Iset Maat", which means "place of truth".
How long does it take to visit the Valley of the Kings?
Some of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings are the Tomb of Ramesses IX, the Tomb of King Merenptah, the Tomb of Ramesses III, the Tomb of Tutankhamun and the Tomb of Seti I.
How long does it take to visit the Valley of the Kings?
To comfortably explore the tombs of the Valley of the Kings can take between 6 and 7 hours.
How much does the entrance fee to the Valley of the Kings cost?
The entrance fee is purchased at the Valley of the Kings visitor center, costs 600 LE or 300 LE if you are a student, and includes a visit to 3 regular tombs of your choice. The tombs opened on our last trip to Egypt were as follows (April 2023): KV 1: Tomb of Ramses VII.
Which pharaoh is on display in the Valley of Kings?
Those who dared to violate Tutankhamun's final resting place knew the greatest curse of ancient Egypt. Mask of Tutankhamun, which will be exhibited at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) scheduled to open in
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