Valley of the Kings
It was in the limestone rock of the Theban Mountain that all the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (except Akhenaton) elected to build their tombs. There are officially 63 such tombs, numbered in order of discovery, but the site has not yet revealed all its secrets! The oldest is the tomb of Thutmosis I (n° 38). Don't miss the tombs of Amenophis II (n° 35) or Rameses I (n° 16); the hypogea of Seti I and Rameses III (n° 17 and n° 11 respectively) are adorned with particularly splendid decoration. Tutankhamun's tomb, which yielded the fabulous treasure now in Cairo, is disappointing by comparison. Two queens were also laid to rest in the Valley of the Kings: Hatshepsut, and Twosret, whose tomb was usurped by Setnakht, the first king of the XX Dynasty.
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