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El Amarna

El Amarna

Egypt Cruises - The ruins of Akhenaten's El Amarna

El Amarna is an extensive archaeological site that represents the remains of the capital city established and built by the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti (c1353 B.C.). The city was dedicated to Akhenaten's new religion based on the worship of the god Aten and was abandoned soon after the pharaoh's death.  To speed up construction most of the buildings were built of mudbrick, which explains why so little remains to be seen today.  The best preserved outline of one of the city's buildings is Nefertiti's Northern Palace (main picture), which was also her summer residence.  The Great Temple of Aten (below right) was destroyed after Akhenaten's death by the pharaoh Horemheb (the column that rises from the area is a modern replica).  You will also visit some of the tombs to the east of the main site.  The world-famous bust of Nefertiti (below left) was discovered at El Amarna and is now in the Berlin Egyptian Museum.