The Nile Valley and Luxor

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  • 1. Temple of Seti I

    Ruins

    This low-lying temple (1306–1290 BC), modestly stretching across the desert nestled amid a group of shops and houses, is one of the jewels of...Read More

  • 2. al-Ashmunayn (Hermopolis)

    Ruins

    The site features a late-Roman basilica, the only surviving large building of its kind in Egypt, as well as a giant statue (one of a pair) of...Read More

  • 3. al-Kab

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Al-Kab, on the East Bank of the Nile, is the site of an impressive though imperfectly preserved town, temple area, and tombs. The site was first...Read More

  • 4. Deir al-Medina

    Ruins

    Between the Valleys of the Nobles and the Valley of the Queens, in its own small valley, lies Deir al-Medina, the Village of the Workmen. Artisans...Read More

  • 5. Tell al-Amarna

    Ruins

    Little remains of the magnificent town of Akhetaten, which was founded by the apparently monotheist pharaoh Akhenaton in the late 18th Dynasty...Read More

  • 6. Temple of Hathor

    Ruins

    Hathor of Dendera was the goddess of love, beauty, music, and birth. She was often depicted as a cow, and in later periods of Egyptian history...Read More

  • 7. Temple of Horus

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Temple of Horus is mainly from the Ptolemaic period. The temple does, however, rest on earlier foundations, which may date from the Old...Read More

  • 8. Temple of Ramses II

    Ruins

    Some 300 yards northwest of the Seti I temple lies the Temple of Ramses II (1290–1224 BC). Its roof and most of the upper portions of its walls...Read More

  • 9. Tomb of Amun-her-khepeshef

    Ruins

    This tomb was built for a prince who was a son of Ramses III (20th Dynasty). His tomb's wall paintings have very bright and lively colors and...Read More

  • 10. Tomb of Khaemwaset

    Ruins

    Wall paintings in the tomb of this prince, who was the young son of Ramses III, are one example of the fine workmanship of the Valley of the...Read More

  • 11. Tomb of Nakht

    Ruins

    The second tomb on the left opposite the Ramesseum, is somewhat small, and only the vestibule is decorated with vivid colors. Before the vestibule...Read More

  • 12. Tomb of Nefertari

    Ruins

    The tomb of the famous wife of Ramses II is generally closed to the public, which is regrettable since it has some of the most vivid surviving...Read More

  • 13. Tomb of Ramose

    Ruins

    This is one of the finest tombs of Abd al-Gurna. Ramose was a vizier during the reign of Akhenaton. His tomb is unusual for having both reliefs...Read More

  • 14. Tomb of Rekhmire

    Ruins

    The resting place of the governor of Thebes and vizier during the reigns of Thutmose III, Hatshepsut, and Amenhotep II (18th Dynasty) is well...Read More

  • 15. Tomb of Sennefer

    Ruins

    This tomb once held the body of the mayor of Thebes during the reign of Amenhotep II (c. 1439–1313 bc). He was the overseer of many daily activities...Read More

  • 16. Tomb of Thyti

    Ruins

    This cruciform tomb is well preserved. Thyti's sepulchre dates to the Ramesside period, but it is not known to whom she was married. The corridor...Read More

  • 17. Tomb of Userhat

    Ruins

    Usherhat was a public servant during the reign of Amenhotep II, described as "the scribe who counts the bread in Upper and Lower Egypt." His...Read More

  • 18. Tuna al-Gebel

    Ruins

    Tuna al-Gebel was the necropolis of Hermopolis—a large and scattered site, its focal point being a cluster of Greco-Roman tombs. These tombs...Read More

  • 19. Valley of the Kings

    Ruins

    While there's no experience quite like standing in the burial chamber of Egypt's short-lived "Boy King," the grave of Tutanhkamun is least—in...Read More

  • 20. Valley of the Queens

    Ruins

    The Valley of the Queens was also known as Ta Set Neferu, the Place of the Beautiful Ones. Although some 17th- and 18th-Dynasty members of...Read More

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