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Temple Of Hatshepsut

  • 05 16, 2023

 Hatshepsut Temple

It's one of the most remarkable temples on the west bank of Luxor, It lies across the Nile from Karnak Temple. It's known as El Deir El Bahi, The temple sheds light on one of the most extraordinary regions in history. It was made to commemorate the achievement of Queen Hatshepsut (c.1478/72-1458 B.C.E.). The temple is made to be the funerary temple and the sanctuary for Amun Ra where the divine birth’s story is mentioned. The chief steward of Amun, Senenmut designed the Hatshepsut temple’sDjeser-djeseru “the Holy of Holies”.


The effect of the great queen Hatshepsut is still seen, she made two obelisks and built a road to honor Amun, king of the gods. Her statue has masculine traits like a traditional beard, shandy kilt, and head cloth reflecting her power. You can explore the great temple of the powerful pharaoh queen through Egypt Classic Tours to enjoy seeing one of the stunning temples of Egyptian civilization. The temple location was choosen in the west bank where the king's tombs existed in the Valley of Kings to reinforce her position between kings. 


King Thutmose III | Tuthmosis the Third and Hatshepsut temple

Hatshepsut is the older daughter of King Thutmose I, during the 19th dynasty Queen Hatshepsut assumed the regent role in Egypt after her husband's death, King Tuthmosis II. King Thutmose III was the son of her husband; he affected the temple badly. He started to destroy the temple by destroying her statues and defacing her images. 


The reasons behind this kind of revenge from the king have different theories. Some scholars believe that he didn’t anyone to interrupt the kingdom and the ruling of Tuthmise the First and the Second. Another theory is that he wanted a smooth and easy succession for his son. What we see through our special Nile cruise tours is the ruins of the temple and the massive efforts of maintenance and restoration through the ages.


The temple structure 

The temple is made from the same material of the natural mountainous. The temple fronted with a central ramp that lead to the cliff through many terraces. The two lower terraces have been full of trees. Enjoy visiting the temple of Hatshepsut with Egypt luxury tours and be accompanied by a professional tour guide to reveal all the secrets of the temple for you. 

Hatshepsut's temple has three storeys, as well as a large number of statues made entirely of limestone representing various deities, such as statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut.  These two mihrabs are among the main features of Hatshepsut's temple, and also the largest of its kind. In front of the wall opposite the mihrab entrance is a granite door.



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The Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahri is one of Egypt's most recognizable temples because of its style and ornamentation. Unlike the majority of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom era, it was constructed of limestone rather than sandstone.

Queen Hatshepsut was one of the most famous female pharaohs of ancient Egypt. She ruled as a co-regent with her stepson Thutmose III and is known for her successful reign, monumental building projects, and her unique portrayal as a male pharaoh in statues and reliefs.

 The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri is an ancient Egyptian temple located on the west bank of the Nile River near Luxor. It was built during the 15th century BCE and served as a funerary temple for Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's few female pharaohs.

Queen Hatshepsut (circa 1473-1458 BC) built a magnificent temple in Deir el-Bahri, on the west bank of Luxor, facing the Karnak Temple, the main sanctuary of Amun on the east bank. Hatshepsut's temple was called in ancient Egyptian "Jisro Bridge", meaning the holiest sanctuary, and was designed by Senenmut, who held many titles, including director of Amun's property.


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