Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari

Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari

Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari
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A mortuary temple dedicated to the longest ruling female of Ancient Egypt, Queen Hatshepsut. The temple is decorated with statues, sphinxes, and reliefs, which have been meticulously restored over time.
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  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary1,683 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most popular attractions of the west river bank
    Our group visited this site by bus and we saw it from a distance. It’s fantastic, the location is amazing with a limestone wall in the background. We climbed up the stairs and visited the three terraces with columns. It was very hot, we needed hats and sunglasses. You should wear comfty shoes, too.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2023
  • Madan Gopal M
    Bengaluru, India4,629 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A masterpiece.
    A stunning beauty from a distance, this was the place I visited after spending a few hours at Valley of Kings. Aesthetically designed with a backdrop of cliffs in the desert plain, this extraordinary monument was built during the reign of legendary Empress Pharaoh of Hatshepsut. Amazing architecture, long corridors, giant size statues, meticulously erected pillars, this is a masterpiece from the ancient world. Three terraces in front, with a portico, temple path, each at an elevated angle, this temple reflects the rich heritage of ancient Egyptian civilization. There is an admission ticket. It's better to wear a cap and carry a bottle of water. Not to be missed.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 13, 2023
  • Thomas Lukose
    New York City, New York30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My visit to the Temple of Hatshepsut
    Temple of Hatshepsut is a beautiful picturesque location. Exterior look is amazing. Keep in mind that from where the cart drops you off you have to walk considerable amount of distance to get into the temple. If you are going around noon time, it is hot and you can easily become dehydrated. Make sure to have plenty of cold water. once you get into the temple there is actually not a lot to see. Some people can become disappointed by it. This temple is also for history loving individual. Quick mention that she is the only female ruler who was buried in the valley of the kings
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Lucian M
    Constanta, Romania2,518 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A masterpiece of ancient architecture
    The Temple of Hatshepsut is, of all, my favorite. I would have traveled to Egypt just for it, but of course I'm glad I saw other interesting places. It is rightly considered a masterpiece of ancient architecture, and in my humble opinion, as it looks, it can stand with honor in any big city of nowadays. The temple rises from the desert sand and rests on the rocks of Deir el-Bahari. The temple is not positioned by chance, everything here has a special symbolism that you can find out if you have a good guide. The temple was built between the seventh and twentieth years of the reign of the female pharaoh. The temple has three huge terraces, several rows of porticos, altars dedicated to the gods Amun-Ra, Hathor and Anubis, the court for the cult of the Sun, the courtyard dedicated to the annual festival and, finally, the mortuary complex dedicated to the pharaoh. The temple is adorned with many reliefs referring to the achievements of the pharaoh. It is a pity that the short time and the scorching sun did not give me the opportunity to climb all the terraces, to walk under all the porticos, to enter the most important rooms.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Astrobeemer
    Vancouver, Canada649 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful places on earth
    What a truly awe inspiring temple. The fact that it was built into the rock 3500 years ago is hard to fathom. You get a lot of very interesting information when you have a guide . It blends so beautifully with the surroundings, and you can imagine how magnificent it was in its original day with all the bright colors intact. Egypt’s only female pharaoh made sure this temple was monumental
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Mbhoot
    Almere, The Netherlands28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome temple against a very beautiful backdrop.
    With a good guide you can learn lots about the late dynasties of the new Kingdom. The temple itself is quite awesome. It's just on the other side of the valley of the kings and there is a connect to discover. Ask your guide about the Cannes you see nearby, particularly one that's right next to the temple.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    From a distance, a modern looking temple
    My wife and visited the Temple of Hatshepsut during a tour of Egypt this past December. We toured it immediately following our visit to the Valley of the Kings. Although the Valley of the Kings would be our first choice to tour between the two, the Temple was impressive. The history is fascinating because Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh and her son, Thutmoses III, tried to obliterate her name and legacy by destroying reliefs and statues at her temple. It is well worth a visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • Lily Hu
    Washington DC, District of Columbia910 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Not bad, certainly a site worth visiting in between valley of the kings and queens. The site does look more impressive from afar than up close, especially when bombarded by tourists. Similar to valley of the kings, you pay for a separate shuttle cart to take you up/back.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The short ride from the temple back to the entrance was pretty epic!
    This temple is directly on the line of sight across the river from Karnak Temple in Luxor, which is an interesting placement. Was that coincidence or intentional, we'll never know. The temple was pretty wide, but not really that deep, at least the publicly-accessible area. We bought shuttle tickets from the entrance to the temple area since the heat was just unbearable, but the view coming back from the temple was so beautiful especially if you're facing back and see the temple move slowly away.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Ankit2385
    Bengaluru, India631 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive with interesting history
    Queen Hatshepsut has got an interesting history, so going with guide will be helpful. Temple looks grand from outside, especially with the location. There are only few relics preserved and most of it was destroyed by her own son. There is not much to see inside but its still worth visiting.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 21, 2023
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tumbuna
Sydney, Australia339 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This temple has been rebuilt over a period of 30 years by a Polish archaeologist so I was left with the feeling that this is something similar to the temple in Crete. A building that is completely different from anything else in Egypt makes me wonder if it is a figment of the archaeologist's imagination. The rebuild is said to be of rubble found in the area but there is a lot of modern cement and cladding visible. Overall my most disappointing part of the trip through Egypt.
Written February 17, 2020
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Peter S
Philadelphia, PA140 contributions
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Dec 2019
Queen Hatshepsut built this ancient Egyptian architecture wonder beneath the pyramid-like el-Qurn "the Horn" for herself and dedicating it to Sun God Amun Re, Osiris, Anubis (God of the Dead), and Hathor (Goddess of Fertility). It has three terrace reaching 30 meters tall. It is well-reserved and restored with many statues, colonnades, reliefs, etc. for a very interesting visit.
Written January 13, 2020
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Chelsea
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May 2021 • Couples
Definitely a most see in Luxor. We got there early in the morning and were the only ones there. Most groups hit up Valley of the Kings first so we avoided those crowds by doing this first. This temple is for the only woman pharaoh in ancient Egypt and its rich with artwork, some of which still had vibrant colors. The stepson came in and defaced many of her figures and replaced it with his own, however some do still remain (defacing all is believed to be bad luck). He came back and demanded the thrown and she refused to give it to him, so there was some bad blood there.
Written June 4, 2021
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
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Jan 2020
This mortuary temple is dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut and god Amun Ru. Hatshepsut was the second historically confirmed female pharaoh. She came to the throne in 1478 BC during the 18th dynasty. Here’s a stunning monument that looks somewhat contemporary with clean lines and symmetrical colonnaded terraces. Restoration of the area is ongoing. The temple sits at the bottom of steep cliffs, and it’s a masterpiece! Sad afternote – despite Hatshepsut’s numerous accomplishments, some 20 years after her death, there was an effort to erase her memory. Her cartouches and images were chiseled off some stone walls, statues were torn down, smashed or disfigured. Theories abound implicating her stepson Thutmose III or his son Amenhotep II, but history is uncertain as to the who and why. Nevertheless, the temple stands as a testament to the absolute power of a female pharaoh. Let’s hear it for the girls!
Written April 30, 2020
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JamieJW
Quakertown, PA2,169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Took an early morning tour and glad we did, the crowds were minimal. Beautiful structure sitting at the base of the mountain and such an impressive temple.

The Temple of Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple built during the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. The temple is considered to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture.  Its three massive terraces rise above the desert floor and into the cliffs of Deir el-Bahari.

Small electric busses take you from the parking lot to the entrance gate. As you enter you pass through a market with many items to look at and buy. The merchants literally approach you asking many questions and wanting you to buy their goods. Everything is one US dollar until you go to buy it, then the price jumps to $20 or more depending on the item. This behavior turned me off and I walked out without looking or buying. Sad.

Written February 9, 2022
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Davies619
Aberystwyth, UK179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The access to the temple is easy although there are many steps to get to the top but if you look at each section on turn it is not such a difficult climb. Every level has a section where there are renovated painting and the starry ceiling is great to look at. You will need a couple of hpurs to get around and if you are a little inform allow another hour for breaks
Written February 12, 2020
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KarenAzinger
Portland138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I've always been enthralled with the history of Queen Hatchepsut, the woman who dared to be Pharaoh, so it was high on my list to see her mortuary temple. The architecture is stunning and unique for ancient Egypt. Set against the backdrop of the western cliffs, this temple is stunning. But once you get up to the temple, many of the statues and carvings were destroyed or defaced by her successor pharaoh who sought to erase the history of a female who dared to wear the double crown. So sad that so much was destroyed and defaced. So although the architecture is stunning, there is not that much to see here compared to the many other temples around Luxor.
Written March 19, 2020
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CuriousTraveller77
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia63 contributions
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Jan 2020
When you first see this monument from the entrance, it is very impressive, situated beneath the huge limestone cliff. Do note, you need to climb quite a lot of steps to get to the temple itself. Not much to see inside but the view from the top across the valley below is spectacular.
Written February 11, 2020
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Magyro
Holon, Israel17 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
Many tales are told about Hatshepsut generally and about her temple particulary.
She was a women Pharaoh, with a revolutionary way and she paid a bitter price, since her predecessor tried to wipe her memory from history. So that wonderful temple, which is positioned in the mountain in a majestic manner, is full of her appearances and all of them contain smashed faces and wiped names. The highlight of the temple is its position.
It looks like a window into the mountain.
When we visited, part of the inner temple was closed. Still it was super beautiful.
Written March 3, 2020
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Elizabeth O
Moscow, Russia346 contributions
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Jul 2019
The temple of Hatshepsut is one of the most impressive temples of Egypt judging by its history, location, and architecture. It has been built in a unique place in the body of rock so that it can be viewed from the river Nile and even from the other shore, where the temple of Karnak is located. While most other temples extend horizontally, the temple of Hatshepsut rises vertically and consists of three terraces, each dedicated to a specific subject. At the entrance, you can see the remains of two ancient trees that Hatshepsut brought from her travel to Punt. Even though the son of the woman-pharaoh, Tutmos III, attempted to destroy the symbols of her glory, the reliefs of the temple remain untouched. You can even see the fish of the Red Sea on its walls!
Written June 30, 2020
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Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, Luxor

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