Valley Of The Kings

From: Egypt Travel Guide

See also: Temple Of Hatshepsut Sacred City Of Abydos


Valley Of The Kings, Egypt
The Valley of The Kings (Biban El Muluk) is an enormous burial site that contains well over 60 important tombs of Pharaohs from the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties of Ancient Egypt, such as that of Tutankhamen, Ramses I, Ramses VI, Seti I and Seti II and can be found within the Theban hills with the peak of al-Qurn overlooking proceedings.

Due to the problem of Pyramid tomb raiders a new means of safeguarding the burial chambers was sought. These new tombs were cut into the limestone hills and contained several corridors leading steeply down into the Pharaohs sunken sarcophagus chamber. Many of the interiors are beautifully decorated with wall engraving's and paintings which were often religious in nature.

The early tombs were decorated with Ancient Egyptian Funery text such as from the Amduat, the Book of the Gates, then the Book of Caverns, the Book of the Earth and the Book of the Heavens.

Each of the tombs is numbered according to when it was discovered with the initials KV for Kings Valley and QV for Queens valley for example the tomb of Ramses II is numbered KVI and Tutankhamen's Tomb which was discovered in 1922 is numbered KV62.

The Valley of the Kings also contains the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon which are two enormous stone statues positioned a few meters apart and of the Pharaoh Amenhotep both of the statues are around 18 meters in height and were built to stand guard over the entrance to the vast tomb complex of Amenhotep, they are positioned seated with relief work at the base.

There is also an area of the Valley known as the Valley of the Queens which also contains many tombs including that of Queen Nefertari who was the wife of Ramses II as well as tombs for various prince and princesses such as Princess Tanedjmet and Prince Ramesses.


There is no photography permitted within the tombs or valley and no touching of the interior walls is allowed. Also be aware that many of the tombs have very steep stairs leading down into them and the tombs are also fairly well spread out within the valley.

Antiquities Museum
Many of the precious treasures that were found inside of Tutankhamen's tomb are now safely preserved at the Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo.

Attraction Location Guide
The Valley of the Kings is located approximately 4 kilometers to the west of Luxor.