Temple of Dendera



The temple of Dendera is located in the southeast of the city of Dendera, It has been dedicated to the goddess of love, happiness, and beauty "Hathor”. constructed on the Greco-Roman architectural style. The temple was formerly known as the House of Hathor and is considered one of the largest religious temples.


Dendera Temple Complex 

Dendera Temple was constructed in Greco-Roman temple shape and nowadays the modern town is built on the ancient site of Tentyra which means a Holy Pillar and was known by that name during the Greek time.

Scholars said that this name may be associated with the Greek Aphrodite who was the goddess of beauty in Greek civilization.

Temple of Hathor at Dendera

The temple was originally built by Ptolemy XII and was nearly finished by Queen Cleopatra VII.

Cleopatra VII The last Petolmy kings

Cleopatra VII The last Petolmy kings

 

Hathor was the goddess of joy and love. Each year she was transported by boat to Edfu to be reunited with the god Horus. The celebration of Dendera followed, with which the divine union was celebrated. Every first day of the year, the statue of Hathor was carried along the magnificent staircase west of the temple to the open kiosk on the roof to be born again by the sun.

Temple of Dendera

Dendera Zodiac

There’s a necropolis that comprises tombs from the Early Dynastic Period and the complex itself consists of:

  • Hathor temple (the main temple)
  • Temple of the birth of Isis, Goddess of Magic in Ancient Egypt religion
  • Sacred Lake
  • Sanatorium
  • Mammisi of Nectanebo II, the 3rd and the last king of the 30th dynasty
  • Christian Basilica
  • Roman Mammisi
  • A Barque shrine
  • Gateways of Domitian and Trajan
  • The Roman Kiosk

The commanding building in the complex is the Temple of Hathor. This temple has been changed on the recent site but it started as far back as the Middle Kingdom and stand up until the time of the Roman emperor Trajan. The existing structure began construction in the late Ptolemaic period, and the hypostyle hall was built in the Roman period under Tiberius.
You can book our Tour to Dendera and Abydos from Luxor or an Overnight Tour to Abydos, Dendera, and Luxor from Cairo, or you can browse our variety of tours in Egypt.

Don't forget to have a look at Valley of the Queens which is located in Luxor. it is similar to the Valley of the Kings, a burial location in Egypt where is more than 90 tombs are found there. it was built to have the dead bodies of all the royal families.

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