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The City

Amarna - Capital Cities

Who: Conceptualised and built by Pharaoh Akhenaten

What: Capital city of Egypt and became home to 30,000 people

When: 18th Dynasty – Built between 1348 – 1344 BC: Abandoned after Pharaoh Akhenaten’s death 1336 BC

Called: Tell el-Amarna or Amarna : named after the Beni Arman Tribe that lived in the region when it was discovered

Why: Primarily to dedicate a new City to his “revised religion” of the Aten, the one God instead the many

Where: East bank of the Nile: 194 miles/312km South of Cairo and 250 miles/402km north of Luxor

Destroyed under Order of
Pharaoh Horemheb 1320 – 1292 BC

The Layout

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The Construction

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