Valley of The Kings Tombs is the most famous historical tomb in the world, where the Pharaohs buried their kings during the 500 years in this region.
The Western Valley contains a few tombs, so the Eastern Valley is more famous. The Valley of the Kings includes more than 60 tombs, in addition to twenty unfinished tombs that are excavations.
The strong kings of the New Kingdom were buried under the top of a pyramid-shaped cliff that surrounded the valley.
Some non-royal, but high-ranking individuals were buried in the valley.
The pyramid was a symbol of eternal life and rebirth and was considered a sign of the gods. This area was under the control of Hathor: "The Lady of the West".
The pharaohs were burying their kings in the pyramids, but the ideas of the pharaohs changed and they moved their kings underground to the Valley of the Kings after repeated thefts, because of the isolated nature of this valley chosen as a place for the last rest of the kings.
The royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings are distinguished by their inscriptions and drawings from ancient Egyptian mythology illustrating the religious beliefs of that time.
The ancient Egyptians were concerned with preserving the body, embalming it, and placing it in a safe place for the afterlife.
The first ruler of the modern state who was buried in the Valley of the Kings was Thutmose I, the third king of the Eighteenth Dynasty.
The most prominent of those buried in the Valley of the Kings are Amenhotep II, Tuthmosis III, Tuthmosis IV, Ramses I, Ramses II, Ramses IV, Ramses VI, and IX, King Ay and Horemheb, Seti I, Seti II, and Merneptah.
This location is because the sun god descends (dies) on the western horizon in order to be reborn and rejuvenated on the eastern horizon, and the Valley of the Kings is divided into the eastern and western valleys.
The most important tombs in the Valley of the Kings:
One of the most famous tombs is "Tutankhamun's tomb" which was discovered in 1922, where its treasures were discovered completely without any damage, on its walls written in hieroglyphs, "Death will strike with its poisonous wings whoever disturbs the peace of the king," and this sentence was the reason for the spread of the legend of "the curse of the pharaohs ".
There are some accounts that say that 40 people who tried to discover this tomb died of illogical reasons, including Lord Carnarvon.
2- Tomb of the sons of Ramses II:
It is the largest tomb in the Valley of the Kings, covering an area of 1266.47 square meters, and the date of its discovery in 1825, and within it 120 burial chambers were found. The cemetery was restored in 1994, and the cemetery appeared as a stage in one of the releases of the popular Tomb Raider game, The Last Inspiration.
3- Tomb of Yuya and Tuya:
It is a non-royal tomb belonging to a married couple of nobles who lived during the reign of the Eighteenth Dynasty, namely Yuya and Tuya, the parents of Queen Tiye, the wife of Amenhotep III, and the grandparents of Queen Nefertiti. The tomb was discovered in 1905, and it is one of the richest tombs in the valley.
4- Tomb of Amenhotep II:
More than 12 royal mummies were found inside the tomb, and they are Thutmose IV, Amenhotep III, Seti II, Siptah, Merneptah, Ramses IV, Ramses V, Ramses VI, and an unknown mummy of a woman called the "Old Lady", likely to be a mummy Queen Tiye, and another mummy likely belonged to King Nakht.
5- Tomb of Ramses IV:
It is one of the most beautiful tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and at the top of the entrance to the cemetery stands the golden disk of the sun, which represents the "god Ra", a symbol of power. And Pharaonic inscriptions represent the sun's journey in the underworld, and there are Coptic scenes on the right wall of the entrance corridor, showing that some Copts were using tombs as a shelter during the days of religious persecution at the time of the spread of Christianity.
6- Tomb of Seti I:
It is the deepest and the longest among all the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, extending for a distance of approximately 137 meters, and comprising all 11 rooms, and was discovered in 1817.
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