This residential city was founded by the so called heretic
king Akhenaten (Amenohis IV), who decided to worship only
one god called Aton in a place where no other god had
been worshipped before. Tell Al-Armarna is located some
50 km south of Al-Minya on the east bank of the Nile.
Parts of the temples palaces and tombs still stand despite
attempts by Haremhab to destroy those monuments after
Tombs of Tell Al-Armarna
Those 25 rock-cut tombs can be divided into a
northern and southern group. Many of them were not finished
because of the re-shift of power. the colourful reliefs
are famous, because of a newly adopted artistic language
of expression, unique to that period. Akhenaton's royal
tomb is in a ravine about 13km up Wadi Darb Al-Melek,
the valley that divides the northern and southern sections
of the cliff.