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temple of Queen Hatshepsut

The temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor have no equal in terms of visual impact from afar. The unique multi-tiered structure nestled up against the limestone cliffs at the river valley’s shoulder is a truly breathtaking sight. Its layout is as distinct as the pharaoh who commissioned its construction.

Who is Queen Hatshepsut?

Hatshepsut was the only female pharaoh in Egyptian history. After the death of her father, Tuthmose I, and her half-brother and husband, Tuthmose II, who succeeded her father on the throne, she rose to power during the New Kingdom.

Hatshepsut’s Temples have no equal in terms of visual impact from afar. The unique multi-tiered structure nestled up against the limestone cliffs at the river valley’s shoulder is a truly breathtaking sight. Its layout is as distinct as the pharaoh who commissioned its construction.

Hatshepsut was the only female pharaoh in Egyptian history. After the death of her father, Tuthmose I, and her half-brother and husband, Tuthmose II, who succeeded her father on the throne, she rose to power during the New Kingdom.

This achievement is commemorated in relief carvings at her temple. She also made significant contributions to many temples, including Karnak. When it was discovered in the mid-nineteenth century, the temple was in ruins, having been heavily vandalized by Tuthmose III after he assumed the throne, presumably because Hatshepsut had kept him from power.
During the early centuries AD, the site was also used as a monastery, which likely contributed to its deterioration. As a result, it has undergone extensive restoration.
The majority of the columns are not original, and many of the relief paintings have deteriorated. As a result, the temple can be disappointing up close, especially given its popularity with tour groups.

This achievement is commemorated in relief carvings at her temple. She also made significant contributions to many temples, including Karnak.

It grew over a period of 1500 years, adding to it by generation after generation of pharaohs, resulting in an unparalleled collection of temples, sanctuaries, pylons, and other decorations throughout Egypt.
While the complex was at its most important during the New Kingdom, with notable pharaohs such as Hatshepsut, Tuthmose III, Seti I, and Ramesses II all making significant contributions, construction continued into the Greco-Roman Period, with the Ptolemies, Romans, and early Christians all leaving their mark.

you can visit temple of Queen Hatshepsut during your Nile Cruise trip between Aswan and Luxor with Al Sahel Travel.

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