The Funerary Temple of Hatshepsut, located just outside the mythical city of Thebes (now Luxor), is an example of the majestic buildings that the Egyptians made in ancient times.
Specifically, this temple of the queen-pharaoh Hatshepsut, one of the few women with this title, belongs to the Dynasty XVIII. It is during this period, from 1550 to 1295 BC, when the Egyptian civilization reaches its greatest splendor.
1. Where is the temple of Hatshepsut?
It is located in the central area of the country, in the temple complex of Deir el-Bahari.
As it is very close to Luxor, we recommend that you also visit the archaeological remains of Karnak and Luxor temples, Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Ramesseum, and Temple of Ramses III.
2. The mortuary temple of Hatshepsut
This temple, where the remains of Pharaoh Hatshepsut were buried, was built in honor of Amun-Ra, the sun god.
It’s spectacular not only because of its architecture, the situation, in a valley and partially excavated in the mountain, makes this place something magical.
The temple stands out for its 3 terraces and a grand central ramp, standing at the back of the temple the chapels of Anubis, Hathor and the burial chamber of Hatshepsut. Also highlights in this part the reliefs that showed the story of the birth of the queen-pharaoh Hatshepsut.
This architecture corresponded with a clear evolution from the previous constructions. A whole turning point in ancient Egypt.
Statues and simple columns make up the terraces. Although not all columns of the temple are simple. In the Hathor chapel there are beautiful pillars topped with beautiful capitals.
3. Other places of interest in Deir el-Bahari
Although the temple of Hatshepsut is the one in the best state, there are 2 other temples located next to it that are also part of the monumental complex of Deir el-Bahari.
- Temple of Mentuhotep II: It is located next to the Funerary Temple of Hatshepsut. There are few archaeological remains so, despite the restoration that was made, there is not much to contemplate.
- Funerary Temple of Tutmosis III: Like the tempo of Mentuhotep II, it is in a very bad state. Nothing comparable with the funeral temple of Hatshepsut.
Egypt, still to this day, is a fascinating place. Their majestic Pyramids, the Temples of Karnak and Luxor, Abu Simbel and the dam of Aswan, Cairo, the Nile River, … and many other places in this amazing country!
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