Valley of The Kings also known as ‘Valley of the Tombs of the Kings’. It is a long valley to the west of Nile River in Egypt. The valley was initially a part of old city Thebes, which was an almost burial site of Pharaohs in 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties. The site is located in Dayr Al-Bahri, with 62-known tombs around an exhibiting variety with plan and decorations. In the year 1979, the site was declared under UNESCO World Heritage sites. The place also includes the Valley of Queens, Luxor and Karnak.
The Place holds many tombs of the new kingdom spread across from east to west. While, the east valley is more famous and attracts more visitors. The symmetry often awes the hearts of visitors from around the globe. Despite of the point, that the place holds several tombs, but each one of the tomb has got its uniqueness. It is almost impossible to visit all tombs in a single day or so!
About the Place
The Tomb of King Tutukkhamen is one of the special tomb, a separate ticket is required for entry. Not all tombs present at the sites are open for visitors for all day around. Some are open only on special occasions while others are under restoration process.
Another tomb of Thutmose III’s in East Valley is unique with its own piece of history. The tomb is constructed in oval shape with carvings and paintings around on the interior side of walls. The metal staircase leads the visitors toward the tomb. The tomb of Ramesses VI is other tomb which is worth visiting for. There are around 120 rooms which are not open for visitors to have glimpse, few which are worth visiting are accessible by visitors.
Tomb of Tutunkhamun
The Tomb of Tutukhamun is one of the famous among others, which was discovered in the year 1922 by Howard Carter. The famous tomb till then was untouched by vandals or thieves, then it remained huts of workmen’s which might be one of the reasons, why it was not found by tomb raiders. According to the archaeologist, the tomb was stuffed with gold mask with gold coffin. It contains several chambers like burial chamber, treasure chamber and so.
There is long myth revolving around the tomb. Rumours says that, the tomb had a tablet which had curse on it. Howard Carter then hid the tablet in such way that it became difficult for workers too.
- The graffiti depicts several cultures like Latin, Phoenician and Greek.
- The workers who worked at the site, lived in the area called ‘Deir El Medina’.
- King Tutankhamun was buried with a lock of grandmother’s hair.