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Valley of the Kings in Luxor photo

There is a gorge on the left bank of the Nile, which is accessible only from one side. The two arms of this gorge (Eastern valley and Western valley) go several kilometers deep into the Lebanon Mountains, and when in the gorge you can see only the sheer rocks.

For 500 years, from XVI through XI B.C., the Pharaohs of the ancient Egypt were buried there. Totally, there were found 64 tombs in the Valley of the Kings. All of them, excepting one, were robbed already in ancient times. Only the tomb of the insignificant Pharaoh Tutankhamen, who has died in his younger days, remained intact until nowadays, and was found by the English archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. Now this is one of the most visited tombs in the Valley of the Kings, even though you need pay separately to visit it.

Alas, cameras are banned in the Valley of the Kings, so it would be very difficult to photograph the impressive bas reliefs and coloured frescoes in the tombs. Bright paint is almost everywhere on the frescoes depicting the scenes of the otherworldly life of Pharaohs.

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