The Valley of the Kings is one of the most important monuments in the world. It’s the burial ground of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom. It has Tutankhamun’s tomb, who was the most famous pharaoh ever. His tomb was uncovered in 1922.
And even though most of his treasures are no longer there (many of them are on display at the Egypt Museum in Cairo), it’s still really worth visiting his tomb. His sarcophagus is still there (made of red Quartzite), and there is another sarcophagus inside in the shape of his mummy. The walls are also richly decorated, including a depiction of Tutankhamun arriving in the underworld and meeting Osiris, the god of the afterlife.
But there’s much more to see. If you’ve seen the many artefacts in the Egyptian Museum that were found in this area, you can get an idea of what an untouched tomb must have looked like. It’s not hard to imagine what those discovering these tombs much have felt seeing all those treasures.
All the treasures that were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb can be seen in the museum. More than 65 tombs have been found in the valley, and they are numbered in order of discovery. Here are some of the highlights:
- Ramesses I (no. 16)
- Ramesses III (no. 11)
- Ramesses IV (no. 2)
- Ramesses VI (no. 9)
- Ramesses IX (no. 6)
- Merenptah (no. 8)
- Seti I (no. 17)
- Thutmose III (no. 34)
- Amenhotep II (no. 35)
- Horemheb (no. 57)
- Tutankhamun (no. 62)
The Valley of the Kings is part of the realm of the dead, als named Duat (also or Akert, Amenthes, Amenti, and Neter-khertet). The location for it was chosen by the ancient Egyptians because this is where the sun ‘died’ every day, it’s where it set at night.
You can watch the sun set here, exactly like they did, and see the valley coloured by the setting sun, a perfect photo opportunity. Make sure you’re up high so you can see the entire valley.
The Valley of the Kings is on the west bank of the Nile.