To start with, I have booked a full day Nile cruise on the Lotus boat from Iberotel hotel in Luxor, we left at 7 am which was really chilling, but they were so nice on this luxurious boat and gave us blankets to enjoy watching the Nile banks and the villages landscape all along our way to Qena that we reached after about 4 hours. There, buses were ready to take us to this incredibly preserved temple at Dendera. I was really lucky to have a very professional and efficient guide with us who was Mrs Kawsar Tawfik. Mrs kawsar was really speaking fluent English with rich information about the temple, her attractive and intelligent approach to every one made us really interested to hear more about the temple, I really want to say a big thank you Mrs Kawsar. The temple itself is great showing scenes of queen Cleopatra with different gods and goddesses. The outer part of the temple shows some ruins of ancient churches with the sign of the cross that were in that place in the Coptic era. Also, outside there, you can find some stairs going down to the underground water alongside a place that used to be a sacred lake for purification before prayers. When you get inside the temple your eyes will be caught by the stunning colours of its columns with capitals depicting goddess Hathor. Then you get in further inside to watch different rooms of the temple that show different scenes of ancient Egyptian life. Some thing very interesting I have to say that this temple has got an underground crypt under the temple itself where they used to hide the gold and jewels, Mrs Kawsar encouraged me to take the adventure with some other tourists to go down the tiny stairs to the small tunnel leading to the crypt. the crypt itself is amazing in the amount of scenes and inscriptions covering all its walls in a highly preserved state. Then you go up to the roof to see a room with wonderful zodiac on the ceiling and also other statues before you have enough time to take photos of this colourful temple. Finally, the bus took us back to the boat to have our excellent lunch and enjoy the sunset all along our way back to Luxor on the river Nile.
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