The Famous Valley of the Kings, located west of the Nile in the Theban Hills in Egypt, is and archaeological site where tombs constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom for a period of almost 500 years between the 16th and 11th century BC are. The Valley is one of the most famous landmarks in Egypt and one of the most important archeological sites in the world. It is located near Luxor.
In 1979, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the rest of the Theban Necropolis. Up to know, the valley contains 63 tombs and chambers, but there might still remain some undiscovered ones.
Royal tombs were decorated and constructed with scenes from Egyptian mythology, which give clues to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period.
The most famous tomb in the Valley of Kings, is the tomb of Tuntankhamon, which was discovered in 1922 by Harward Carter.
Most tombs are usually open to the public.