Amenhotep IV, after ascending the throne, replaces the cult of Amun and the other gods with the unique one of the god Aton, changing his name to Akhenaten, moving the capital from Thebes (Luxor) to Akhetaten, today's el-Amarna. Know more about the brave King Akhenaten with Cairo Top Tours!
This is, accordingly, an attempt to establish a monotheistic religion, the tombs of Amarna were particularly moved to the eastern bank of the Nile but facing west.
the Akhenaten attempt ended early. After his death, he ascended to the throne the young Tutankhamen who reopened the temples of Amun for worship, brought the capital to Thebes and changed his name to Tutankhamen instead of the name given by his father Akhenaten which was Tutankhaten.
Amenhotep IV (1372-1354 B.C), son of Amenhotep III and husband of Nefertiti. Akhenaten is a unique figure in Egyptian history, he ended the millennial religious order by introducing monotheism. Sovereign of the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom, he assumed the name of the god Aton, that is the Sun god, with whom he identified himself. After forcing the cult of this divinity, the pharaoh moved the capital from Thebes to Akhetaten which is the current Tell El-Amarna city in El Menya, which became the center of the new cult, and fought against the powerful priests who tried to keep alive the cult of the god Amun.
However, the flourishing of this new culture ended with the death of King Akhenaten. Tutankhamun, who ascended the throne a few years after Akhenaten's death, brought the capital back to Thebes and restored the cult of Amun once again.
The group of his family statues exhibited inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is the greatest example of how art in ancient Egypt had been totally changed during the Amarna period.
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