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King Akhenaten | Amenhotep IV | Monotheism in Ancient Egypt

The first Egyptian king Akhenaten thought of a latent force behind the sun's disc. He named this power God's name Aten, and then he left all the Egyptian gods and left Thebes, and Amun's priests were present with his supporters who set up a new city. He was living in this city for about 17 years worshiping the new God, but his only mistake was that he made people worship the new God through him, so when Akhenaten died, the new worship of Aton ended completely.


The graves of Amarna were then moved to the eastern bank of the Nile, but facing the West, in an effort to create a monotheistic religion. The Akhenaten trial came to an early end. After his death, the young Tutankhamen, who opened Amun's temple for worship once more, took up the throne, carried the capital to the Thebes, and changed its name to Tutankhamen rather than Tutankhaten's father's name.


Amenhotep IV, son of Amenhotep III and husband of Nefertiti (1372-1354 B.C). He has finished the thousand-year religious order by implementing monotheism. Akenaten is a remarkable individual in Egyptian history. He took the name of God Aton, the Sun God he identified with, as the sovereign of the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom. After having forced the cult of this deity, the pharaoh moved the capital from Thebes to Akhetaten, the actual town of El-Amarna, the center of the new cult, in El Menya, and battled against the mighty priests who were trying to keep the cultivation of the god Amun alive.


But King Akhenaten's death ended the flourishing of this new civilization. A few years after Akhenaten's passing, Tutankhamun took the capital back to Thebes and restored Amun's cultic.

The group of his family statues exhibited inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is the greatest example of how art in Ancient Egypt had been totally changed during the Amarna period. If you're planning to visit Egypt, then you should consider reviewing our detailed Egypt travel guide, as it is a unique experience during Egypt Tours that is not comparable with any other things to do in Egypt. You can enjoy one of the Classic tours in Egypt, which all travelers would like to cruise the Nile River during Christmas tours in Egypt or while the best weather during Easter tours in Egypt. Covering most of Cairo day trips, Luxor day tours in addition to Aswan excursions, that is why our travel information section is meant to useful before proceeding with Egypt's best tours for those who seek culture, history of Egypt, and luxurious accommodation while sailing the Nile Valley.

You can explore a lot of Luxor day tours that go to El Menya to see the capital of Egypt under Akhenaten, known today as Tal El- Amarna. Check our website to explore many options that take you to visit the historical temples, tombs, and palaces of Amarna and also many things to do in Cairo during a range of well-created Egypt tours and a variety of Egypt Travel Packages as well as many privately guided Egypt day tours if you stay long in Egypt spending few days in Cairo you can have one of the full tour to Giza Pyramids or if you have a long layover in Cairo on your way to another country it will be a great chance to book a trip from Cairo day tours from airport

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