Where is Valley of the Kings?
Valley of the Kings is a valley in Egypt. Valley of the Kings is also known as the Gates of the Kings. It belonged to the ancient city of Thebes. The Valley of the Kings was built to house many Pharaohs' tombs from the New Kingdom period. Nearly all of the rulers (pharaohs) of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties (1539-1075 BCE), from Thutmose I to Ramses X, were buried in the Valley of the Kings. The Valley of the Kings is located in the center of the Theban Necropolis, across from Thebes, which is known as Luxor now, on the west bank of the Nile. There are two valleys in the wadi. They are East Valley and West Valley. The East Valley is where most of the royal tombs are located. The West Valley is known as Valley of the Monkeys.
Valley of the Kings is very renowned for its royal graves. UNESCO has named these exquisitely decorated graves a World Heritage Site. The world's most exquisite burial site, this valley served as the final resting place for the kings, queens, and nobles of the New Kingdom (1500–1070 B.C.) The Valley of the Kings is currently known to have 63 tombs and chambers as a result of the discovery of a new chamber in 2005 and the discovery of two additional tomb entrances in 2008.
The important royal personalities of the Egyptian New Kingdom as well as a number of distinguished nobles were primarily interred in Valley of the Kings. The Egyptian mythology is depicted on the walls of the royal tombs, providing insight into the beliefs and funerary customs of the time. The tombs almost all appear to have been opened and looted in antiquity, yet they still provide a sense of the opulence and strength of the pharaohs. The most well known tomb in the Valley of the Kings is that of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, also referred to as King Tut.