The Valley of the Kings is the location of some of the world’s greatest ancient artifacts:
the tombs of the pharoahs who ruled the Egyptian Empire. For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt).
The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from modern Luxor.
The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology
and give clues to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period.
The Colossi of Memnon (last 6 photos) are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.
For the past 3400 years they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.