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Valley of the Kings Valley of the Kings
Photo by Raymon Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt

The valley is to the north of Hatshepsut's Deir El-Bahari temple. It was here that kings from 18th to 20th dynasties cut their tombs in the limestone cliffs. That was long time after their ancestors abandoned the pyramid-shape tomb. The new tomb was more safe and can deceive tomb robbers but alas! Almost all tombs were robbed and stripped from their treasures.

There are about 62 tombs scattered on the sides and branches of the valley, some of which are visited more frequent than the rest. The tombs are numbered according to the order they were discovered. You'll probably find some tombs closed to the public for restorations. The most famous tombs in the valley are:

Tomb of Ramesses IX
Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Ramesses VI
Tomb of Ramesses III
Tomb of Ramesses I
Tomb of Seti I
Tomb of Thutmose III
Tomb of Twosret and Setnakht
Tomb of Seti II
Tomb of Amenhotep II
Tomb of Horemheb
Tomb of Tutankhamun

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