Tutankhamun is undoubtedly one of the most famous pharaohs of Egypt. He is most commonly known as King Tut. He was born in 1346 BC in Akhetaten, Egypt. His father was the Pharaoh Akhenaten. Tutankhamun became a Pharaoh at the tender age of 9 years, after his father’s death.
This is the reason why he got the nickname ‘Boy King’. His father made some changes in the religion of Egypt which were unpopular with people of Egypt. Tutankhamun along with his advisors, tried to fix all the changes made by his father. Egypt returned to their old gods under Tutankhamun.
Quick Facts: –
- Tutankhamun moved the capital of Egypt to the city of Memphis.
- Since he was young, he had the help of his general Horemheb and vizier Ay in governing the country.
- He is most famous today for his tomb in the Valley of Kings. This tomb was found by Howard Carter in 1922.
- He died at the age of 18 years. The reason for his death is believed to be an infection in his leg.
- He had no surviving children. The successor to his throne was the vizier Ay.
- His tomb is created in such a way that the constellation Orion was above the entrance.
- The tomb was so well-preserved that archaeologists found a lot of artefacts giving a clear insight into his life.
- King Tut’s mask was made of 22 pounds of gold. About 3,000 articles were found in the tomb.
- He is said to have a clubbed foot, and he was buried with 130 walking sticks.