October this year marks 200 years on the discovery of the tomb of King Seti I in Wadi al-Mulouk (Valley of the Kings) on Luxor’s west bank. King Seti was a pharaoh of the New Kingdom 19th Dynasty of Egypt, the son of Ramses I and father of Ramses II. He ruled in the late 13th century BC.
The 100 metre long tomb of Seti I was discovered by Giovanni Belzoni in the month of October in the year 1817. The tomb later became known as the “Apis tomb” because when Belzoni discovered the tomb a mummified bull was found in a side room off the burial chamber.
To mark the occasion, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities is offering tourists visiting the tomb of Seti I on Tuesday 17 October 2017 a free ticket to the tomb of Tutankhamun. King Tutankhamun is the 18th Dynasty ‘golden pharaoh’ who ruled c. 1332–1323BC, and whose tomb was discovered intact in 1922 by Howard Carter.
The tomb of Seti I is among the most elaborately decorated tombs in the Valley.