In the early morning, we packed up and left our hotel in Al Minya and traveled about 1.5 hours to Tel El-Amarna.
“The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (or simply Amarna) was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). ” http://www.amarnaproject.com/
After spending some time looking over the ruins, we then headed to see The Royal Tomb.
Before we went to see some more tombs, we visited Boundary Stela U. It is over 25 feet in height and was one of sixteen Akhenaten built into the cliffs surrounding his new city. http://www.amarnaproject.com/pages/amarna_the_place/boundary_stelae/index.shtml
We next visited the tombs of Ahmes – Fan Bearer on the King’s Right Hand (Tomb 3), Merya – High Priest (Tomb 4), and Penthu – The Royal Scribe (Tomb 5). I included just a few pics from the tombs below.
After completing our stops in Tel Armana, we were then off to Abydos. We arrived in the evening to our new home for the night, The House of Life. http://www.houseoflifeabydos.com/
Tomorrow we visit the Temple of Seti I (+) at Abydos. This is why I booked this trip!
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