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Address: | Tell el -Amarna, Dayr Mawas, Egypt
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A long morning drive from Cairo, Tel el Armarna was the short-lived capitol of Egypt under reign of Akhenaten (18th Dynasty, New Kingdom), husband of Nefertiti and grandfather of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

A long morning drive from Cairo, Tel el Armarna was the short-lived capitol of Egypt under reign of Akhenaten (18th Dynasty, New Kingdom), husband of Nefertiti and grandfather of King Tutankhamun. It is an active archaeological site, with outstanding tombs, many of which were abandoned before completion (as was the city upon death of Akhenaten, whose short-lived religious schism inspired... More 

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brasschaat, belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

After leaving the ticketoffice you find yourself in the middle of the desert. No shadow at all. Walk all the way up towards the rocktombes. The path is very well made: it makes the walk not too difficult. The reward for that effort is great. You can visit several rockgraves from governors. The colors are vivid and the scenes depict... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Tel el Armarna contains the widely scattered remains of Akhetaten (the city originally extended fifteen kilometers over the plain), Akhenaten's purpose built city replacement for Thebes, political base of the relocated Royal Court and new centre for his religious philosophy of Atenism. There are palace remains, the mud-brick foundations of the Window of Appearances, ruined villas, temple foundations, boundary stelae... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015

First of all I'd like to say that I am a historian, so I asked Memphis Tours for a professional tour guide who actually studied not only the History of Ancient Egypt but also Old Egyptian (so that he can read the hieroglyphs, to help me out whenever I'm in need of some vocabulary). The tour started from my hotel... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

This is another site more appreciated by Egyptolgy buffs, as there's not a lot to look at at first glance. Here are my 3 favorites: the North palace, the tomb of Meryre, the tomb of Aye. At the North palace, go to the lily pool and look over the quarters of the queen and her ladies. In the tomb of... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

This area is a very large area to cover – The Royal tomb is a 13km drive from the entrance gate & Ticket Office! Although we only saw the Royal Tomb of Akhanaten & The Tomb of Ay, there are others available. We were unable to take photos inside the tombs, so you could use el Amarna as the photo... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

Tel el amarna is the site of the Pharaoh Akhenaten's purpose built capital city. It was here that he tried to break the power of the priests of Amun by instituting the first monotheistic religion in the world- the worship of the sun disc, Aton. for that reason, it is an important site, but unfortunately, little remains of the city... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

The history of the Amarna period means that pretty much anyone with a passing interest in Ancient Egypt will have heard of this place, and want to visit it. And it is well worth it - the tombs, though battered, are fascinating monuments to Akhenaten's unique art and religious iconography, and the Royal Tomb is a melancholy reminder of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

We organised a day trip (with memphis travel) to Al Minya to see the tombs at Bani Hasan and at Tell el-Amarna. It was a long day around (4 hours each way) but well worth the effort. Given the recent social turmoil in Egypt these rural backwaters hadn't had any tourists for months and were overwhelmed that we made the... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2008

We found the ferry ride across the Nile to and from Tell el Amarna to be a better experience than the tombs. There are better tombs in Egypt to see than these ones. The only difference here is that the escape tunnels from the tombs are visible. If you are in the area, go to the Bani Hassan tombs instead... More 

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