The Valley of the Kings is a valley close to Luxor where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut tombs were excavated for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the 18th to the 20th Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley is known to contain 63 tombs and chambers. The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give us clues as to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period. Almost all of the tombs seem to have been opened and robbed in antiquity, but they still give an idea of the great wealth, luxuriousness and power of the Pharaohs during this period in time. The valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 and the Valley of the Kings is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. In 1979, it became a UNESCO World heritage site.
Even if the tombs are empty from all artefacts and content it’s still a marvellous place to visit. You can see traces of Christians painting over some of the ancient drawings and inscriptions, which is sad, but it’s amazing that the colours are so outstanding still, after so many years. Well worth a visit when you’re in Egypt! Remember that if you want to take pictures you need to buy an extra ticket for 300 Egyptian punds (around 15 EUR).