Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings 

Thebes on the east bank of the Nile was the land of the living. On the opposite west bank, toward the setting sun, was the Valley of the Kings where mummies of New Kingdom pharaohs were placed in tombs cut deep into the rock. The pharaohs had abandoned pyramids as graves, after those of their Old Kingdom predecessors were looted. In the Valley of the Kings, the dead pharaoh was left to make the journey to the kingdom of the gods - an afterlife depicted in beautiful decorations on walls of the tomb's chambers and passageways.

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