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The Valley of the Gates of the Kings is the name given to one of the most elaborate burial sites in the world. It is located to the west of River Nile, in the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The valley is made up of two segments - the East Valley where most of the royalty was buried and the West Valley.

The Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Gates of the Kings is the name given to one of the most elaborate burial sites in the world. It is located to the west of River Nile, in the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The valley is made up of two segments - the East Valley where most of the royalty was buried and the West Valley.

For a period of about 500 years, Pharaohs and noblemen were buried here. There is an intricate web of tombs in the valley constructed from 16th to 11th century BC to bury the kings of the New Kingdom. Historians reckon that the 18th to the 20th dynasties of the pharaohs were buried here.

So far a total of 63 tombs have been discovered. The tombs vary in size from a simple pit (KV54) to an elaborate tomb with 120 chambers (KV5). The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from ancient Egyptian mythology, giving insights into the burial rituals and funerary of the time.

The valley is especially popular since the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, with its popular legend of the Curse of the Pharaohs. It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. In 1979, it was entered into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

You are well advised to make time and explore the Valley of the Kings. It will be an insightful tour.

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