tell el amarna

Remains of a painted plaster pavement displaying a prisoner, from the ruins of a palace of Akhenaten. 

Egyptian Museum, Cairo

The pavement was discovered near Amarna in 1891 and it was decided that it be left in situ and a shelter was constructed over it. In 1910 some villagers of El-Hagg Qand îl (Tell el-Amarna) - apparently out of spite - broke in and destroyed most of it. The pieces were brought to the Egyptian Museum Cairo and the whole reconstructed from drawings made of it while it was still complete.

Hans Ollermann’s photo

History Meme || {1/9} Kings or Queens
N E F E R N E F E R U A T E N  N E F E R T I T I ●

Nefertiti ruled alongside Akhenaten during the eighteenth dynasty. She lived in Tell El Amarna, a city constructed by the pharaoh to worship their god Aten. There, they safeguarded their family and their beliefs—it became the center of Egypt’s new religion.

During her reign as queen, Egypt went about many radical religious changes. Hundreds of years of culture and worship had been exchanged for a new radical concept— Monotheism. The old gods had been disregarded, temples shut down, and priests forced to change their ways. Many historians believe this transition could have been hostile and was not adopted so easily by the citizens or priests. 

Her reign with Akhenaten was unlike the traditional ways Egypt had seen. She was more than just a typical queen and helped to promote Akhenaten’s views. Her reign was only 12 years, but she was perhaps one of the most powerful queens to ever rule. 

Nefertiti is also known for her elegant beauty. Her bust has been an icon for many women and for many modern cosmetic lines. Many societies around the world have adopted the queen as a symbol of true beauty.