Luxor & Valley of the Kings, Egypt

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Luxor/Valley of the Kings

One of Egypt's most important historical sites, the Valley of the Kings served as a final resting place for the Pharaohs over half a millennium. Between the 16th and 11th centuries BC, nearly four thousand years ago, dozens of rulers and notable denizens of Ancient Egypt were buried in this fertile plain on the west bank of the Nile, close to what was once called Thebes by the Ancient Greeks, but is today better known as Luxor.

From its advantageous position on the curve of a large bend in Egypt's most important waterway, the city of Luxor is home to several notable sites, the Valley of the Kings among them. The Theban Necropolis, as the wider area on the city's west bank is known, is also where visitors will find the Valley of the Queens, where the wives of the Pharaohs were laid to rest.

Unlike many remaining sites of the ancient world, those at Luxor can be found in the very heart of the city and the remains of temple complexes at Luxor and Karnak are some of the most impressive, along with the Ramesseum Temple. It's for this reason that the city has come to be known as the "greatest open-air museum in the world". We wouldn't disagree.

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