The royal Tombs at the Valley of the Kings:
The first farao, who chose the Valley of the Kings, or as it was called in ancient times Set-Maat-imenty-n-wst, was Thutmose I in the 18th dynasty. Before that the kings still used the old burial place at Dra abd Nagah.
During the 18th and 19th dynasty all faraos had their burial at the valley, except Amenhetep III and Eye, who chose the western valley.
The last farao who was buried in the valley was Ramses XI KV4, which was eventually usurped by Pinodjem I, but never finished it.
There are always about 8 tombs open by a circulation system. It is strictly forbidden to take photos inside the tombs, you have to leave your camera at the entrance of the valley. If you wonder how I got the photos, simple, until 2003 you could buy a permit for the camera.
There are several tombs always open and there are those always closed, Amenhetep II, Horemheb.
Since 2015 you can buy a special permit to visit the famous tomb of Seti I KV17, if you want to pay the fee of LE1000, but I assure you its worth every pound every step.
Amenhetep II KV35 - He was the son of Thutmose 3 and succeeded him during the 18th dyn. Both tombs have a great resemblance, and are decorated in a very different way, compared to the Ramesside ones. Not depicted or engraved, but written in… Eye WV23 - Eye was the son of Yuya and Thuya and brother to Queen Teye, and was partial of native Egyptian blood, since his mother was of foreign birth. maybe Syrian. His father Yuya was an influential nobleman at the royal court… Hatshepsut KV20 - Hatshepsut built two tombs for herself. The first one, outside the Valley of the Kings, dating from her early years as co-regent with her father Thutmose I. The second one inside the Valley KV20, right next to KV19 of Monthuherkhepesef,… Mery-n-Ptah KV8 - After the extreme long reign of his father Ramses II, all of his elder brothers predeceased him, and he must have been in his fifties, when he ascended the thrown. He was the third son of Ramses II and the… Montu-herkhepesef KV19 - Montu-herkhepesef was a son of Ramses IX and KV19 was not intended as his burial place, because records at the entrance indicate that it was meant Setherkhepesef, son of Ramses III, who became farao as Ramses VIII. His tomb nor… Ramses I KV16 - Ramses I is considered to be the founder of the 19th dynasty. He was a commander in the army under Horemheb and because the last of the faraos of the 18th dynasty had no heir to the thrown, it was… Ramses III KV11 - Ramses 3, was the son of not of Ramses 2, as many expect, but of Seth-nakht,founder of the 20th dyn, and was farao in the 20th Dynasty, while Ramses 2 ( the great) was farao of the 19th dynasty. The… Ramses IV KV2 - Ramses IV was most likely the son of queen Tyti and accordingly to the Procession list of princes in the Medinet Habu temple the 5th prince in line to inherit the thrown. Based upon the title of Tyti as Mwt… Ramses IX KV6 - Ramses IX was the 8th farao of the 20th dynasty, and believed to be the son of Monthuherkhepsef. His reign lasted a little over more than 1 year and was a period where Egypt suffered raids of the Libyans and… Ramses VI KV9 - Ramses VI was a son of Ramses III and Iset-Ta-Hemdjert, and the fifth farao of the 20th dynasty. The chief queen was Nubkhesbed. His reign suffered under the growing power of the Amen priesthood, which lasted 8 years. He usurped… Ramses VII KV1 - He was the son of Ramses VI, and he ascended the thrown at the end of III Peret (accordingly to the Turin cannon), which also indicates his reign lasted approximately 7 years and 5 months. His mother was Nubkhesbed and… Seti II KV15 - Seti II was the son of Mery-n-Ptah and Isis-nefert and the 6th farao of the 19th dynasty. Although being the hereditary prince to the thrown, he didn't ascended the thrown immediately after the death of his father. It was Amenmesse… Si-Ptah KV47 - The figure of Si-Ptah is a little bit shady and his fathers identity is not known. Suggestions or speculations are that either Seti II or Amenmesse his father would be, others say that it was Mery-n-Ptah, because of the fact… Tausert-Setnakht KV14 - Tausert is supposed to be a daughter of Mery-n-Ptah, or maybe Takhet, making her a sister to Amenmesse. She was the second royal wife of Seti II and there are no known children between her and Seti II. After the… Thutmose III KV34 - Thutmose 3 the younger brother or nephew of Queen Hatshepsut. He was probably the son of Thutmose 1 or Thutmose 2 and of a harem wife called Nefert. When Thutmose 2 died he was too young at the age of… Thutmose IV KV43 - Son of Amenhotep 2 and second wife Tia a. The tomb is one of the elder tombs in the valley, discovered by Howard Carter. It has the typical 18th dynasty form, entrance following a dirtpitt and a 90 degree angle,… Tut-ankh-Amen KV62 - KV62 is a real question on its own. Was it really the tomb for Tut-ankh-Amen?, was it the tomb for Nefertiti? or was it original intended for Eye as high official? With the farao Amenhetep III there seems to be…