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    Hatshepsut's temple
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    approaching the temple
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    by uglyscot Updated Nov 25, 2009

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    The main god visible here is Hathor, the cow or cow-headed goddess. Sometimes she is a human with cows ears. If she is depicted as a human then her head-dress will have horns.
    She is the goddess of fun, love, music, dance, drunkenness, and childbirth, often shown as a cow suckling the pharaoh. Her attributes have changed many times throughout the various dynasties. Sometimes she is called The Lady of the Sycamore.
    The musical instrument the sistrum is also associated with her.

    In this temple she has been given the likeness of Hatchepsut herself.

    Hathor-headed column Hathor, the cow
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    by uglyscot Updated Nov 25, 2009

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    The is built into the base of the cliff. The cliff itself is surmounted with a natural pyramid-shaped peak- perhaps this is why the site for this temple and the tombs within the valley were chosen,
    A causeway leads to a ramp, at the foot of which are statues of the Horus falcon, This ramp leads up to a terrace with osirid-form statues.
    Unfortunately we were forbidden access to the upper level.
    On the ground level is a colonnade. Pillars provide shade , and the walls are illustrated with pictures of Hatchepsut and the familiar gods and goddesses.

    the cliff and the temple ramp to second level, and Horus colonnade
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    by dedeckerm. Updated Sep 22, 2002

    The walls of the first terrace are decorated with low-reliefs appearing the transport and the erection of the obelisks of Karnak and the scenes with ritual fishings and hunting.

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    by NoodleT Written Dec 30, 2002

    Favorite thing: The temple is an impressive construction since it was carved out of the rock. However, up close there is less to see than at most of the sites. The third tier was only opened to the public last year so if you go now you'll be one of the first to see it.

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