We went to the Temple of Hathor at Dendera and it was amazing.
History and architecture: Hathor is the goddess of love, representation of the cow and signifies a motherly figure. Most of the temples in Egypt have pillars that are huge- about 30 meters tall. This temple has the face of Hathor etched on all four sides of the top of each pillar. The ceiling is colorfully painted with images of war, people, goddesses and gods. The guide told us that the temple was restored in the last 2 months. It is still being restored and the deeper part of the temple still has a dark ceiling due to soot. The front part of the temple has a ceiling that displays the vibrant colors of the old ages -3000 BC and they are still intact!! One can still make out the designs and sculpture in the deeper part of the temple despite the soot and it is actively being restored to display the colors.
Staircase and secret passage: Towards the side there is a staircase to the roof- easy climb but not for wheelchair. Light peeks through small windows at every turn of the staircase and the whole staircase makes you feel like you are in secret pathway. Interestingly, there is a pathway in a part of the temple that is very secretive and the guide opened it for us. We had to take 4-5 steep steps and duck to enter a passage that had a very low ceiling- about 4-5 feet high. It leads to a dead end but it had a lot of hieroglyphics, paintings and sculpture. I wonder what the pharoahs used it for-- naughty or neat?
Security and Denderah : Denderah is green and lies right next to the Nile. On the way from the boat to the temple, we had a police escort. Apparently, the governor of that area mandated it for all tourists since the revolution. We personally did not see any kind of revolutionary activity or protests. The whole town was calm and people were going about their business. As is true with every other place, this place is suffering from lack of tourism. In my opinion, it was a great visit and we felt perfectly secure and there is no sign of any revolutionary activity. It is important to note that we went with a guide and in a hired car that was arranged by our guide. If you are travelling alone and getting cabs on your own and planning everything on your own, the safety equation might be different but I am not sure of that scenario.
Bottomline: Do not miss it if you are there or plan to go there.
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