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The '''Valley of the Kings''' is one of the most remarkable archaeological destinations in the world: the burial place of most of the pharaohs of Egypt of the New Kingdom period.....
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The '''Valley of the Kings''' (''Arabic'': '''Wadi el-Muluk''', وادي الملوك) is an archaeological locality in the hills immediately behind the [[Luxor/West Bank|West Bank]] of [[Luxor]]. As such, it is one of the most remarkable archaeological destinations in the world - the burial place of most of the pharaohs of Egypt of the New Kingdom period.....
  
You will arrive to the Kings Valley (KV) first via the Collosus of Memnon, a beautiful pair of statues erected by Pharaoh Amenhotep III, that consists of two seated figures.  They are much destroyed by the ravages of time but impressive nonethless.  Here you can get out and walk and take pictures for free - at this time no charge.
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==Understand==
From here if you choose to stop in the small villages you will find many souvenirs that cost much less than on the streets of Luxor.
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The royal tombs are officially given a '''KV''' number, standing for "King's Valley". The tomb of Tutankhamun, for example, is also known as KV62.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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Open: summer daily 6am-6pm, winter 9am-5pm. Admission: LE 55 for three tombs of your choice (those wishing to view more than 3 tombs will need to purchase additional tickets), available from the main Ticket Office in the West Bank.
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Note that not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation.
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*the '''Tomb of Tutankhamun''' (KV62), requires a separate ticket (LE 70) for admission from the other tombs - arguably the most famous of the tombs in the Valley, the scene of Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of the almost intact royal burial of the young king
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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*Consider hiking back over the surrounding hills to Deir el-Medina or Deir el-Bahari - although a relatively short hike, do take plenty of water, especially in summer.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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==Cope==
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Bringing your own small torch to gently illuminate some of the more obscure reliefs is always a good idea
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==Get out==
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Visitors to the Valley of the Kings may also wish to consider a visit to the nearby Western Valley.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
  
 
*[http://www.thebanmappingproject.com The Theban Mapping Project] - combining the ''Atlas of the Valley of the Kings'' and the ''Atlas of the Theban Necropolis'' in a vast, award-winning Flash-based presentation - an amazing resource for the visitor
 
*[http://www.thebanmappingproject.com The Theban Mapping Project] - combining the ''Atlas of the Valley of the Kings'' and the ''Atlas of the Theban Necropolis'' in a vast, award-winning Flash-based presentation - an amazing resource for the visitor
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Revision as of 15:15, 14 May 2005

The Valley of the Kings (Arabic: Wadi el-Muluk, وادي الملوك) is an archaeological locality in the hills immediately behind the West Bank of Luxor. As such, it is one of the most remarkable archaeological destinations in the world - the burial place of most of the pharaohs of Egypt of the New Kingdom period.....

Understand

The royal tombs are officially given a KV number, standing for "King's Valley". The tomb of Tutankhamun, for example, is also known as KV62.

See

Open: summer daily 6am-6pm, winter 9am-5pm. Admission: LE 55 for three tombs of your choice (those wishing to view more than 3 tombs will need to purchase additional tickets), available from the main Ticket Office in the West Bank.

Note that not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation.

  • the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), requires a separate ticket (LE 70) for admission from the other tombs - arguably the most famous of the tombs in the Valley, the scene of Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of the almost intact royal burial of the young king

Do

  • Consider hiking back over the surrounding hills to Deir el-Medina or Deir el-Bahari - although a relatively short hike, do take plenty of water, especially in summer.

Buy

Eat

Cope

Bringing your own small torch to gently illuminate some of the more obscure reliefs is always a good idea

Get out

Visitors to the Valley of the Kings may also wish to consider a visit to the nearby Western Valley.

External links

  • The Theban Mapping Project - combining the Atlas of the Valley of the Kings and the Atlas of the Theban Necropolis in a vast, award-winning Flash-based presentation - an amazing resource for the visitor
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