Egypt tour is Half-done without roaming around “The Valley of Kings”. The valley is Kings is famous for its Tombs situated their. The tombs reflect the true beauty that fascinates many people towards it. Spending Egypt vacations by roaming around the all the tombs is most wonderful thing to do. People gets chance to saw the antiques things and came to know about the history behind the tombs.
The Tomb of Tut Ankh Amun
In spite being the smallest tomb situated in the Valley of the Kings, the most famous tomb in the Valley of the Kings is that of King Tut Ankh Amun.
The tomb was discovered on the 4th of November 1922 by the famous English archeologist, Howard Carter who was funded by Lord Carnarvon, an English businessman who was big fan of Egyptian antiquities and history.
The most significant feature of the tomb of Tut Ankh Amun is that it was discovered with all its royal treasures still available inside it and the collection of more than 3000 items that were unearthed are now on display in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo. However, the structures itself still remains in the valley besides the royal sarcophagus of the king.
Another reason why the tomb of Tut Ankh Amun became internationally famous is that it’s discovery was associated with Curse of the Pharaohs as many of the persons who were present when the tomb was opened for the first time died shortly afterwards.
King Tut Ankh Amun was the son of heroic Pharaoh, Akhenaton, the founder of one of the most ancient monotheistic religions in history, the cult of Aten, the son god. While all the Pharaohs, of all periods, worshiped a number of gods, Akhenaton decided that there is only one god, Aten, the god of the sun.
After the death of Akhenaton, his son, King Tut Ankh Amun became the king of Egypt in 1333BC when he was only nine years old and then when he was probably assassinated in 1224 when he was around 18 years old for reasons that are unknown until today. Maybe this is why his tomb is the smallest one in the Valley of the Kings as it was constructed to host the body of the one of the royal dignitary but not for a king. However, the sudden death of King Tut made the workers quickly finish the tomb to welcome the body of the dead king.
The small sized tomb, in comparison to many other larger tombs in the Valley of the Kings, consisted of a short corridor, a tiny side chamber, a small treasury, and the burial chamber, the only decorated room in the tomb and the one that hosts the golden sarcophagus of the king. Tourists who come for Egypt holiday are fascinated with the Tomb of Tut Ankh Amun.
The Tomb of Tuthmosis III
The special feature of the tomb of Tuthmosis III, other than the magnificent decorations and inscriptions of the walls of the tomb, is its distinctive location. Hidden a narrow passageway, the tomb of the “Egyptian Napoleon” was dug deep inside the mountain.
Tuthmosis III was the fifth King of the 18th dynasty. He became king when he was only 23 years old sharing the throne with his aunt, the most famous ancient Egyptian Queen, Hatshepsut. After the death of the queen, Tuthmosis III has ruled Egypt alone for 31 years. During his long reign, Tuthmosis was able to carry out successful military campaigns in Asia and this was why he was called by historians later on as the “Egyptian Napoleon”
The tomb of Tuthmosis III was discovered in 1898 by Victor Loret who found out that it is one of the oldest tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Therefore, it has the typical design of the tombs there. There are two staircases and two passageways giving access to a vestibule which hosts two huge columns.
The ceiling of these sections is decorated with astronomical scenes. In the vestibule, there is another staircase that leads to the burial chamber hosting Quartzite sarcophagus of the king. The tomb overall is famous for the details of its decoration and inscriptions on the walls and the ceilings.
The Tomb of Ramses IX
Just like any other tomb belonging to the many Ramses, the tomb of Ramses IX of the deepest and steepest tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The walls of the tomb contain many remarkable scenes the solar deity nightly journey. The burial chamber of tomb has the most beautiful astronomical ceiling but unfortunately the sarcophagus of the king is not present there nowadays.
The Tomb of Hormoheb
Hormoheb, whose name is sometimes associated with the murder of King Tut Ankh Amun, was the last King of the famous 18th dynasty. The design of his tomb is rather different than those of the king from the 18th dynasty. It consists of one strait corridor with many side chambers and the tomb is rich with decorations and inscriptions.
The Tomb of Ramses III
This tomb is nicknamed as the tomb of the harpists as there is a bas relief of two blind musicians playing the harp in one of the two side chambers. All the decorations in this tomb are finely preserved with many scenes taken from the ancient Egyptian everyday life. This amazing tomb was discovered by James Bruce, the famous Scottish traveler, in the summer of the year 1768.
The tomb of the sons of Ramses II (KV 5)
While most Egyptologists have believed this tomb to be unimportant for many years, but Kent Weeks, the famous American archeologist, had another opinion and has started in 1994 to excavate a tomb that holds the number (KV5) and he found out that it is the largest and the most complex tomb in the Valley of the Kings as it hosts the bodies of the 52 sons of the King and greatest builder in ancient Egypt, Ramses II.
The tomb has a large hall with 16 pillars, many corridors, and more than 100 chambers that have been discovered until today. Although there were no treasures that were discovered in these chambers, the decoration and inscriptions are magnificent. Unfortunately because of the excavation work that is still implemented in the tomb, it is not opened for public until today.
The Valley of the Kings has become one of the most popular historical sites in Luxor. Affordable tours to Luxor are organized all year long and many people from all around the world who prefer to have go on Egypt tour prefer to visit Luxor for its many monuments and its warm weather all year long
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