"The Valley of the Kings" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Jannick_L.

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Beginning with the 18th Dynasty and ending with the 20th, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes.
The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt contains many of the tombs of pharaohs from the New Kingdom, including Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great.
One of the dilemmas for the normal tourist is trying to decide which tombs to enter. The normal ticket permits three tombs and that will probably suffice for one visit. If you rush, you won't appreciate or remember the details of each tomb. The tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62) requires a separate ticket. Although it is not worth it's money. It's an empty tomb because the whole treasure found in the tomb of Tutankhamon is in the museum in Cairo.
Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The walls and ceilings are highly decorated.

Directions: Luxor west bank of the Nile

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  • Written Dec 20, 2004
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