Egypt 2022

"Splendid you rise in Heaven's Lightland,

O Living Aten, creator of life!

When you have dawned in eastern Lightland,

You fill every land with your beauty."

Opening lines of Akhenaten's Great Hymn to the Aten

(Sunrise in Minya, Middle Egypt, home of Akhenaten's new city of Akhetaten)


All the way up the Nile, from Cairo to Luxor!

The north side of the Great Pyramid at Giza, showing the original, still-sealed entrance, plus the later opening still in use today, to the lower right.

Khafre's Pyramid stands behind his father Khufu's larger pyramid.

The Sphinx before Khafre's Pyramid.

The granite sarcophagus of Khufu!

Inside the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid!

Looking down the northern shaft!

The first Pyramid Texts, inside the Pyramid of Unas, Saqqara.

Looking down upon Djoser's granite sarcophagus under the Step Pyramid, Saqqara.

My first sight of Akhenaten (only his hind quarters!) in the Saqqara tomb of Horemheb.

Between the pillars of the Small Aten Temple, Akhetaten (modern day Tell el-Amarna).

With the king, from the northern tomb of the high priest Mery-Ra I, Amarna.

Before Boundary Stela "U", a huge carved stela near the Royal Wadi, Amarna. Akhenaten stood here!!

The North Palace.

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