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The Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is a burial site with around sixty three tombs that have been found by archaeologists. It is located in the Theban Hills, on the West bank of the River Nile in Luxor.

For a period of 500 years, the site served its purpose for almost all Pharaohs from 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasty as well as for some nobles. The very first tomb discovered at the Valley of the Kings was of Pharaoh Rameses VII.

Each royal tomb has scenes depicting the funeral rituals and the beliefs of ancient Egypt.

One of the tombs, which is truly outstanding amongst the others is the tomb of Seti I. Discovered by Giovanni Battista Belzoni, it was revealed to be the longest, deepest and the most complete tomb in the Valley of the Kings. During the reign of Seti I, art and culture were among the highest achievements and this is what his tomb depicts. There are many colourful paintings covering every passage of his tomb, something that has not been seen before.