Thebes, the modern day city of Luxor, first became an important city in the Middle Kingdom. At this time it was the capital of the 4th Upper Egyptian Nome and was called Waset. During the New Kingdom, Thebes became the religious center of the country. Home to Amun-Re, the king of the gods, Thebes was probably the wealthiest city in the mediterranean world. But, after 700-BCE, Thebes's importance declined and it wasn't until the 19th century that tourists revived the city.
Thebes is also the home to the Valley of the Kings, the burial place for most of Egypt's New Kingdom rulers. There are over 60 tombs found in the Valley of the Kings which range in size from small, unfinished tombs to ones with multiple chambers and corridors. Also located here are the Valley of the Queens and the Tombs of the Nobles.
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