The Hatshepsut Temple at Deir El-Bahri is one of Egypt's most characteristic temples and the most distinguishing temple on earth. The Temple of Hatshepsut was commissioned by a lady who governed Egypt with a policy. At King Hatshesut's daughter, Tutmosis I, the temple was completed. It was made of calestone to honour the accomplishments of the great Queen Hatshepsut (18th Dynasty).
The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in the area known now as Deir El-Bahari is actually one of the most remarkable temples in Egypt. The architect who constructed this temple found his inspiration for the design from another neighboring mortuary temple of Neb-Hept-Re of the 12th Dynasty.
Hatshepsut Temple is made out of local limestone to commemorate the achievements of Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty of the new kingdom and also as a funerary temple and sanctuary for Amun Ra in which the divine birth story is mentioned.
Thutmose III damaged the place out of anger towards the queen who had removed him from the throne. Upon its discovery in the mid-nineteenth century, the temple was in ruins and its present appearance is largely due to the restoration work done by a team of Egyptian and Polish archaeologists in the 1960s.
The temple got its name from a monastery in the same area known as the Northern Monastery, Deir El-Bahari in the Arabic language and some theories suggest that this temple was used as a Coptic monastery in the early Christian period.
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