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Inside the Valley of the Kings: Exclusive Photos of the Tombs

Valley of the Kings,  also called Valley of the Tombs of the Kings is long narrow defile just west of the Nile River in Upper Egypt. It was part of the ancient city of Thebes and was the burial site of almost all the pharaohs from Thutmose I to Ramses X. In spite of it is one of Egypt’s most visited attractions general photography by tourists is banned within the tombs.

summary-Ay-egypt-largeThe burial chamber inside the tomb of Ay, the penultimate king of Egypt 18th dynasty and the predecessor to King Tutankhamun

Jakub Kyncl, Czech journalist and photographer managed to get special permission to capture the interior of the tombs, as well as the Abu Simbel complex, earlier this year. Here we get a rare look inside the historic site with some of the highlights from his shoot.

Tausert_2-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-largeThe exit of Queen Tausert's tomb, guarded by two paintings of the god of death Anubis
Tausert_1-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-largeThe tomb area of Queen Tausert
Ramesses_4-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-largeThe walkway of the tomb of Ramesses VI towards the main chamber

The photographer admits that these incredible views of the tombs were something quite accessible to European tourists around 10 or so years ago, but unfortunately not any more. He is doing lectures about the Nile Valley to school children trying to show them unique treasures of antiquity as this destination is not a “must go” any more because of unclear situation in the country.

Ramesses_3-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-largeThe tomb of Ramses VI
Ramesses_2-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-largeThe main chamber with the sarcophagus in the tomb of Ramesses VI
Ramesses_1-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-largeThe tomb of Ramesses VI
Horemheb_2-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-largeArt in the tomb area of Horemheb
Horemheb_1-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-large (1)Vibrant wall art within the tomb of Horemheb, the last Pharoah of the 18th dynasty
Horemheb-Egypt-Jakub-Kyncl-largeThe tomb area of Horemheb

 

All Images © Jakub Kyncl

source:telegraph 

Inside the Valley of the Kings: Exclusive Photos of the Tombs
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