Palace of Amenhotep III


This open site in the desert south of Medinat Habu contains the ruins of a royal palace complex started in the 18th dynasty (14th century BC) by Amenhotep III. The palace, known in antiquity as the Palace of Joy, contained residences, a temple to Amenhotep's wife and Egypt's first glass factory. The palace was used into Byzantine times.

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4. Tomb of Titi

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5. Tomb of Khaemwaset

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8. Tomb of Inherka

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