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Stop At: Dendera Temple Complex, Dendera Egypt
Your Egyptologist tour Guide will pick you up from your Luxor hotel / Nile Cruise Lobby. And accompany you to visit Dendera temple complex, located some 70km to the North of Luxor. You will discover the Roman mammisi (Birth house) dedicated to the goddess Isis, dates back to the Greek time and raised by Nectanebo II, the last native pharaohs (360–343 BC).
Explore the temple of Hathor, one of the best preserved temples in all Egypt. The temple was founded by Pepi I (2250 BC) and continuing right up until the time of the Roman emperor Trajan. The ceiling of the Dendera Temple has recently been cleaned in a careful way that removed hundreds of years of black soot, without harming the ancient paint underneath. As a result the spectacular ceiling painting has been exposed in Hathor temple, and some of the most vibrant and colorful paintings dating from antiquity are now visible.
The sculptured Dendera zodiac is a widely known relief found in a late Greco-Roman temple, containing images of Taurus (the bull) and the Libra (the balance). It was removed from the temple ceiling in 1820 and is now in the Louvre Museum. Champollion's guess that it was Ptolemaic proved correct and Egyptologists now date it to the first century BC. A sketch was made of it during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt now in the temple.
Explore the temple crypt which was for keeping cult equipment, archives and magical emblems for the temple's protection, though the most important object kept in the crypts was a statue of the BA of Hathor, on the rear of Hathor temple is a carving of Cleopatra VII and her son, Ptolemy Caesarion, fathered by Julius Caesar are good examples Ptolemaic Egyptian art. Then enjoy free time to explore the temple at leisure
After finishing, you will be transferred back to your Luxor Hotel / Nile Cruise
Duration: 2 hours