Beside the Temple of king Montuhotep (11th dynasty) the architects Senmun and Dedia built 500 years later the Temple for the queen Hatshepsut, inspired by the neigbouring temple. The temple is special by the location at the eastern cliffs of the Thebian mountains, partly harmonious built in the slopes as if nature self had done the job. The Temple has series of terraces, who ascend to the sanctuary. The first terrace is enclosed by a portico of 22 pillars and flanked by two Osiris pillars.
The ambiance is very impressing.
Deir-el-Bahri on the is the location for the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.
After the Valley of the King's it's one of the most visited sites on the West Bank, probably because the temple has been heavily rebuilt (sorry - restored).
This is the Hatchepsut temple, located near the Valley of the Kings. It is an impressive three story temple built out of the mountain. There is now an ongoing reconstruction project there by the Polish, so some of the floors may be closed. This is a must see! Also look for old tree stumps near the enterence, thoes trees were planted by the queen herself!
Hatshepsuts temple is also a definite must-see. She was, as you may know a female pharao who was potrayed as a male. In her temple there are lots of references to the godess Hathor (has the shape of a cow).
Very impressive structure. Worth seeing. There is a cafe nearby for drinks and food for when you need a break (like we did!!)
this funeral temple for Queen Hatshepsut is very interesting, and the one place you can take a camera
Its huge, and has been renovated very well
There is a well shaded café on the right ( and out of sight for those camera shots). It's relatively expensive but worth it for the chance to rest your feet and top up with fluids.
The Chapel of Hathor (2nd Terrace) is unusual in that there remains images of Hatshepsut that have not been defaced (her son Tuthmosis ordered all images of his mother to be defaced or destroyed).
This temple, lost in the desert and on the side of a cliff is really well preserved too. Less spectacular than Karnak, this temple also has wonderful hieroglyphs and statues.
Deir al Bahri and the elegant thomb, builded for a female Pharao who reigned over Egypt for more than 15 years, next to her son Thoetmosis III.
A highlight whenever visiting the West Bank of Luxor.
The small area known as the chapel of Hathor is to the left of the colonnades at Queen Hatshepsuts temple,and is full of columns depicting Hathor in the form of the cow goddess with her cow ears.
From the third level, the view is amazing. It looks like some on draw the line between desert and green valley of the Nile.
At the second level of Hatshepsut mortuary temple you can see Anubis Chapel. Chapel. Anubis was the god of embalming and the cemetery.
You have to pay 12 Egyptian Pounds (7 E.P. = 1 Euro) for entrance in the Valley of the Kings. It includes just visiting of the temple.
One of the most beautiful of the many temples in the Nile Valley. See the travelogue for more pics and info.