King's House (left) and the Great Palace (right)
ROYAL PALACES AND COURT:
The royal palaces were where the King administered his country through the court officials. Here he met foreign embassies and gave gifts and orders to his followers. The Window of Appearances was a feature of its northern facade. The Royal Bridge over the Royal Road connected the earlier King’s House with the grander Great Palace. The Temple and Palace Quays were places where the Courtiers arrive on official occasions. A Royal Barge is shown leaving, rowing downstream; upstream traffic used sails.
The King's House - Window of Appearence
The Palace Throne Room
The throne room has been restored with a painted floor of captives and "Duck Columns" based on those discovered during excavation. The hierogyphic decoration contains the names of the Aten and the King and Queen.
ROYAL STOREHOUSES AND OFFICES: Here the scribes and administrators ran the kingdom and empire. In the House of the King’s Correspondence the famous Amarna Letters were found.
Tools used by work men who created the Royal Buildings.
ROYAL ROAD: Along the Royal Road the king made his appearance to his people surrounded by a military escort and greeted by a fanfare of trumpets, his subjects bowing before him. This procession would have taken place on his daily trips to the temple from the Great Palace to make offerings and in the morning and evenings when he processed along the Royal Road to the royal residence at the North Riverside Palace, 2 miles to the north of the main city.
Throne dias with wall decorations from tombs showing Royal Procession along Royal Road.
photographs: Copyright EES Expedition to Tell El Amarna.
Computer Drawings, films and Models: Copyright Redvision, Mallinson Architects, Kate Spense, Fran Weatherhead, EES Expedition to Tell El Amarna.