Valley of Kings - Temple of Hatshepsut This was the last of the New Kingdom sites we visited. The Valley of the Kings is located on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor. We actually took a wonderful balloon ride over the area and learned to our surprise that you really can see nothing in the Valley itself because the tombs are all carved out of rock walls and the entrances are hidden. There have been discovered so far 63 tombs and all of them were carved out during the New Kingdom period. The earliest tomb is believed to be that of Tuthmosis I and the last of Ramses XI—final Pharaoh from the New Kingdom.
Outside the Valley stands the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut.
This temple appears quite modern and rather like an ancient Greek Parthenon or other such harmonious and balanced structure. There is a long ramp leading up to the 3 story structure and its huge statues of the Queen Pharaoh in excellent condition. Tuthmosis III, her nephew and stepson, may have wanted to wipe the female Pharaoh from history but this wonderful temple alone has preserved her memory and her repute among all the New Kingdom rulers.
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