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Temple of Hathor at Dendera
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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.
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Definitely worth going to and spending a chunk of time there.
We had been before and were just wanting to see the 'Zodiac' ceiling again, having heard it had been cleaned up. This was, unfortunately, wrong info and it was still overall black as previously!
However, this didn't stop us looking at everything else yet again since you have to pass most of it to get to the roof area anyway.
See photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/elaref/collections/72157633385714775/

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

If you are in Luxor and think you have seen it all, well do not miss this one. If it is not in your organised schedule anyway, take a taxi up the west bank of the Nile, much shorter trip and trust me, the two hours of drving are fully worth it.

Go early, the place will fill up later in the morning but until around 11 am you will have it nearly for yourselves (most tourist coaches take the east bank, much longer trip). There is a small visitor center, only good for the clean toilet and a quick overview but the main attraction is the big temple. The inside has a lot of paintings to offer, many of them very nicely coloured and full of egyptian mythology.

There is a small hole in the ground leading you to the ancient treasury, where the walls ahev some of the nices decorations you can find in the whole of egypt and of course do not miss the opportunity to climb up to the roof. As others have mentioned not a real challenge. Give yourself some time to explore and take pictures.

All in all you will have some unique sights that no other temple will offer you in Egypt at a place which is very quiet. Even the traders are not as aggressive as they are elsewhere.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We visited Dendera for the day from our base at Luxor during May this year. A day is not enough, so its on our itinary for a repeat visit later this year!-WOW, what a place. It is breathtaking. It was virtually empty when we arrived at about 10AM, totally deserted by the time we left except for a few restorers still at work on a ceiling. The most wonderful wall and ceiling paintings I have ever seen- a real must go site!! Very good value entrance at 35LE.
Getting there from Luxor- I recommend getting a taxi rather than going on an organised trip.- you do need several hours there even to "get the gist", so a slow boat trip, or combining Dendera and Abydos would not give nearly enough time. The drive from Luxor is interesting in itself if you have a sympathetic driver who will slow down and let you gawp a bit. we negotiated with several taxi drivers who hung around our hotel, (round the Nile Palace and Sonesta) and none would bring their prices down below 250LE for the day. But eventually we allowed ourselves to be "introduced" to a great guy who works the Winter Palace area,who agreed at 150LE with no haggling, very reasonable we thought, especially after the recent petrol price rises.- he waited ages for us, so we tipped a lot and used him for the rest of our stay...I'd be happy to pass on his details privately if anyone is interested.-
We found absolutely no hassle at all at Dendera, not even a custodian trying to get in a photo, which was a lovely change from the Luxor sites. A photographer's paradise- and I recommend reading a good book about the place before you go, we relied on our guide book and another we bought there- which was okish as we knew we'd be back as soon as we arrived- but if its the only time you will visit, being clued up before you go will really make the trip.IMO !!

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

One of the most complete and intact temples in Egypt, even the Copts that defaced the artwork tended to do so within the lines of the figures, allowing for identification (or at least sound guesses) of the now-missing figures. They - and the Egyptologists and tourists that followed after Egypt was more 'open' in the 1800s - were fairly thorough in their violation of the amazing art, but that only manages to detract a little from the site. Some restoration work is being done on various portions, and being able to see the difference between sections (for example, the vultures on the entry ceiling) is useful to understand the amount of labour, and intricacy, that the original workers did, and the amount of labor to restore them.

The hypostyle/colonnade areas are well-intact (though Hathor's face is always damaged in the unique column capitals), and the pigment remains in some areas though not universally around the site. The presence of the ceiling here does require accent lighting, which is provided in certain areas, to better see the work.

Climb up to the roof(!) and look around - not all of it is open, but portions are, and the stairs are now almost a ramp after hundreds of years and hundreds of thousands of footsteps; it's not a difficult walk, though shouldn't be done too swiftly lest you slip.

Thank Maitreyi
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I have lived in Egypt for nearly ten years and visited most of the temples and Dendera has been on my list for a long time. I live in El Gouna which is 24km north of Hurghada on the Red Sea Coast. Two English friends and I drove ourselves there last week. I loaded up my android phone with GPS marks for the temple and bridge at Qena and downloaded Google Maps. There are no convoys now across the desert from the coast to Qena and we actually took a quieter parallel road by mistake across the desert that passes through a different mountain valley and comes out north of Qena but there are no services on this road. It is around 250km to Qena.

Qena is not a tourist town so it is good to have some basic Arabic for directions. Once we found the bridge it is straight forward to the temple but ignore the suggested directions given by Google Maps! The temple is just stunning!!! One of my favourite and Egypt at it's best with hardly any visitors. There was an Egyptologist if needed but we prefered the peace and quiet to wander around alone. We spent a couple of hours but it was midday. Inside the temple it is lovely and cool.

After the temple we drove to Basma Hotel which is on the River Nile near Dendera Bridge in Qena. A good place to relax for a drink and watch the river flow by.

Thank GeorginainGouna
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