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Review of Temple of Hathor at Dendera

Temple of Hathor at Dendera
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Half Day Tour to Dendera Temple from Luxor
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Qena
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Owner description: Built in the 1st century BC by Ptolemy 8th and Queen Cleopatra 2nd, this ancient temple is one of the most intact in Egypt.
Alexandria, Egypt
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“incredibly preserved”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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“Well Maintained Grandeur from the Ancients”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Let me start by saying that the Temple of Hathor at Dendara is lacking in hawkers, aggressive guards, and has a peaceful garden. For tourists in Egypt, this means that a trip here will feel like you're going to a resort. You won't be beset by anyone trying to get you to buy souvenirs. The walk through the 'gauntlet' of souvenir vendors can be easily bypassed. In terms of experience, this is already going to be the best in Egypt.

However, inside the Temple is incredible. Well preserved and filled with wonders from those times. There's a minimum amount of vandalism, unlike other places such as the Luxor/Karnak temples, and not only is there a roof still, you can actually walk up the steps and come out on the 'second floor'.

Getting here without a group is hard, so you'll likely have to take a tour. But for the quality of both the history and the experience, it's a must see.

Visited December 2012
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“The recent clean-up has revealed the best open-air murals in Upper Egypt”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

This wonderfully preserved temple used to be best known for the image of Cleopatra VII and Ceasarion on its outer wall. These are still exquisite carvings but now there is the additional glory of the revealed murals in the hypostyle hall.
Very few trips take you here, as it is an hour north of Luxor, but there is a new road on the West Bank which makes the journey much easier. Do try and find a trip that gets you down here as it is well worth the half-day which it requires.

Visited December 2012
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“Great Temple - different style”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

We did this temple on the way back from Abydos on the way to Luxor.
Dendera temple is modern by egyptian times ( 3-400 BC )
The carvings are different with the characters almost seeming more indian or oriental. At the back of the tomb outside you can see Cleopatra. Inside you can see the Zodiac.

Dont miss the crypt if its open, its very small but you can see the famous Dendera light bulb.

Visited December 2012
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“Great color still visible”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

This temple is a large complex with lots of rooms and reliefs both inside and out. Don't bother with the reflecting pool, you'll be disappointed by how unkempt it is.

Visited October 2012
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