Northern Palace (Amarna)

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Ruins of the North Palace, showing reconstruction and restoration

The Northern Palace is located in the abandoned Northern Suburbs of the city of Ahketaten (modern Amarna, in Egypt).

Like the other structures in the city, it was constructed quickly, and hence was easy to dismantle and reuse the material for later construction.

Far north of the excavated structure in northern Amarna (ancient Akhetaten) rests the North Palace. Today we believe that the structure was eventually converted into a palace for Akhenaten's oldest daughter, Pharaoh Nerfetiti, and may have previously been the home of one of his queens. It could very well be that the future king, Tutankhamun was raised in this palace. However, the origins of the building are more obscure and some scholars believe it may have once served as perhaps a retreat for the king as a sort of garden where he could satisfy his love of nature. It has even been suggested that it could have been Akhenaten's principle residence. But these are all possibilities, not facts.

The city of Amarna rests on the nile river and divides into a number of zones. The Central City was home to the main palaces, temples to the sun, and administrative buildings. Running directly south was a dense area of houses, the Main City, with a more thinly developed southern extension, the South Suburb. To the north of the Central City, after a gap, came another area of housing, the North Suburb. Further north still lay the isolated North Palace. And beyond this, sitting at the foot of the cliffs, the North City.

Most of Amarna is covered with sand and/or badly eroded. Scientists are trying their best to preserve, clean, and repair the ciy, making it more accessible.

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Coordinates: 27°40′12″N 30°54′12″E / 27.67000°N 30.90333°E / 27.67000; 30.90333