Queen Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir
al-Bahari: (The Splendor of all Splendors)
Against a bare, mountainous backdrop rises a series of imposing
terraces from the plain desert…a breathtaking statement of nature,
and refined architecture in absolute harmony: “Queen Hatshepsut’s
Mortuary Temple at Deir al-Bahri”. The extraordinary sight was built
Queen Hatshepsut’s architect Senenmut- rumored to be the Queen’s
secret lover- in the 18th dynasty. Hatshepsut dedicated the temple
to her divine parents: Amon and Hathor to eternalize their memory,
and strengthen her legitimacy as Egypt’s first female Pharaoh.
The Queen was in love with the temple’s design and location, and
so gave it the name “Djeser-Djeseru”, a well- deserved title meaning
the “splendor of splendors”. However, Ramses II and his successors
destroyed the monument later on, leaving reconstruction efforts,
and ongoing excavations to reveal exquisite decoration, still surprising
locals and visitors alike. Senenmut set the temple at the tip of
a valley surpassed by Thebes; where the goddess of silence looked
over the necropolis. The temple’s location is believed to be
the most dramatic in the world, drawing travelers from all over
the world, and setting the sight on top of visitors “Must See” list.
An overview of the temple’s location:
Hatshepsut’s temple is located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite
to the city of Luxor in an area known as “Deir al-Bahari”. The area’s
name translates to the Northern Monastery, as Christians turned
the area into a monastery due to its pleasant, isolated nature and
resided in it after Ramses II and his successors.
Hatshepsut’s temple is said to be a bigger reflection of the much
older, adjacent Temple of Montuhotep II, the ruler of the 11th Dynasty,
who managed to unite Egypt, and build the first temple in Deir al-Bahari.
Visitors can purchase tickets to visit Hatshepsut’s temple from
tourist kiosks open daily from 6 am to 5 pm, however, it is highly
recommended to grab plenty of water to keep you hydrated through
out your visit.
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