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Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 2040BC-1070BC
Date of Inscription: 2007
Location: Africa, Egypt, Governorate of Qina
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Description: For the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms the city of Thebes (dedicated to the god Amon) was the capital of Egypt. Thebes acts as outstanding evidence to Egyptian civilization at its height, encompassing temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Thebes (Θῆβαι, Thēbai) is the Greek designation of the ancient Egyptian niwt "(The) City" and niwt-rst "(The) Southern City".The new kingdom placed their new capital in Thebes. It is located about 800 km south of the Mediterranean, on the east bank of the river Nile (25.7° N 32.645° E). Thebes was the capital of Waset, the fourth Upper Egyptian nome (the term "Waset" was used for the name of the city as well). The city was the capital of Egypt during part of the Eleventh Dynasty (Middle Kingdom), and most of the Eighteenth Dynasty (New Kingdom), though the administration probably remained located at Memphis for much of this. With the Nineteenth Dynasty the seat of government moved to the Delta. The archaeological remains of Thebes offer a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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