Exploring the Egyptian Pyramids is a dream of many tourists. But beyond one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, Egypt is full of archaeological sites and locations of historical importance. Hike into a valley that features tombs of ancient Egyptians, or venture into the deep, cave-like rooms of lesser-known pyramids. No matter what the destination in Egypt, you'll be amazed by its history and archaeology.
The Pyramid of Khufu
The Pyramid of Khufu is widely recognized as the biggest of the Great Pyramids. Khufu is the largest pyramid in Egypt, located outside of Cairo on the Giza Plateau. The pyramid is the last remaining original Seven Wonders of the World and stands nearly 500 feet high. It covers approximately 13 acres. There are three chambers inside the pyramid. One is cut into the bedrock that was handmade by robbers. The second and third are called Queen's Chamber and King's Chamber, which are located higher in the pyramid. If you can bend and hunch over while walking, you can walk through the pyramid's tunnels into various tombs.
The Tombs of the Nobles
The Tombs of the Nobles is a group of tomb-laden areas on the West Bank of Luxor. They are broken into five different regions. In the north is el-Tarif, featuring large, row tombs. These tombs were dug during the second early Middle Kingdom and Intermediate Period. South of this tomb is Dra Abu el-Naga, a hillside that features almost 80 tombs. These tombs belonged to officials and priests of the 17th through 20th dynasties. Southwest of Dra Abu el-Naga is El-Assasif, which includes 40 tombs. These tombs are from the New Kingdom. South of this is El-Khokha, a hill with almost 60 Old Kingdom and 18th-dynasty tombs. West of El-Khokha is Sheikh Abd el-Qurna. This hillside tomb was named for a Muslim sheik. It has 146 tombs. Deir el-Bahari is the northernmost temple in the West Bank. Qrnet Murai is the final of the Tombs of the Nobles and features 17 tombs. These tombs total nearly 800 in the whole area.
Valley of the Queens
Valley of the Queens is another group of tombs on the West Bank. Almost 80 tombs exist at this location. These tombs belong to queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties. One such structure includes the Tomb of Khaemwese and the Tomb of Queent Titi, a queen of the 20th dynasty. The Tomb of Amenhikhopeshef bears its name for one of the sons of Pharaoh Ramesses III. Many princesses and queens are buried at this site.
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