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Amarna (el-Amarna) is a significant archaeological location in Middle Egypt, in the modern Egyptian province of el-Minya. Amarna is located between the east bank of the river Nile and the high plateau of the Eastern Desert, some 58 km (36 miles) south of MinyaMinya, 402 km (250 miles) north of Luxor and 312 km (194 miles) south of the Egyptian capital Cairo.

amarna Travel Guide :

Amarna

Understand

The diverse and scattered archaeological sites at Amarna represent the remains of the short-lived capital of Akhenaten, the "heretic" Pharaoh of the late 18th Dynasty.

Amarna has, since 1982, been the target of nearly annual archaeological excavations by a team from the University of Cambridge, England, under the direction of Mr Barry Kemp.

Amarna

Get in

Road and rail links with Amarma are currently accessible only on the opposite (west) bank of the Nile, making a river crossing necessary (an eastern access by a feeder road from the Cairo-Asyut desert highway is reportedly planned for the future).

For the northern and central parts of Amarna (including the North Tombs), the tourist ferry to el-Till should be used. This can be reached by tourist car / taxi from MallawiMallawi (which has a railway station) or from MinyaMinya. Vehicles are available for hire at el-Till. This is the usual means of tourist access.

For the South Tombs the ferry to el-Hagg Qandil is an alternative, if perhaps somewhat risky. This is accessible by vehicle from Deir Mawas, along the road which passes the village of Beni Amran. From Deir Mawas to the ferry the distance is about 1.75 kms (just over one mile). Deir Mawas also has a local railway station. Transport is far less likely to be available for hire from el-Hagg Qandil.

NB: On account of current security worries foreign visitors are escorted around the site by representatives of the Tourist Police who are based at the el-Till ferry. For this reason use of the el-Hagg Qandil ferry by foreigners is at present discouraged. Persistence in this route may lead to your enforced escort to el-Till or being taken back to the train stations at Mallawi or Minya.

Amarna

Get around

El-Till ferry to the North Tombs: 3.2 kms (2 miles); el-Till ferry to the North Palace: 2 kms (1 1/4 miles); el-Till ferry to the Central City: 2 kms (1 1/4 miles); North to South Tombs: 5.6 kms (3 1/2 miles); el-Till ferry to the Royal Tomb: 11 kms (7 miles).

Amarna

See

  • the Small Aten Temple
  • the Northern Tombs
  • the Southern Tombs

Usual tourist itineraries: from el-Till to the North tombs, nos. 3-6 (1 and 2 require an extra excursion), returning to el-Till via a detour to the North Palace. The Central City can be added as a further detour. This can be accomplished in half a day or less. A much longer excursion can be taken to the South Tombs along the road beside the cultivation. This passes through much of the ancient city. The greater part of a day should be allowed for this extended trip. The Royal Tomb can be reached by an extension to the asphalt road which leads out to the North Tombs. The driving time from the North Tombs is around half an hour.

Amarna

Eat

A small, privately-run tourist kiosk with toilets is located at the foot of the slope beneath the North Tombs. A second has been built below the South Tombs but is reportedly not yet in operation. Prudence would suggest that you bring food and water with you (and maybe some toilet tissue as well!)

Amarna

Sleep

There are, at present, no accommodation options whatsoever at the site of Amarna. Travellers are generally advised to seek accommodation in one of the nearby cities of MallawiMallawi or MinyaMinya.

Amarna

External links

  • Amarna - Capital City of Ancient Egypt (http://www.mcdonald.cam.ac.uk/Projects/Amarna/home.htm) - web page of the University of Cambridge, documenting excavation and conservation at the site. Also includes downloadable visitor guides.



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