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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  • Lucian M
    Constanta, Romania2,477 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 18 August 2023
  • Astrobeemer
    Vancouver, Canada1,199 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Mbhoot
    Almere, The Netherlands29 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,112 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Lily Hu
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,838 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,498 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Ankit2385
    Bengaluru, India636 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 December 2023
  • geo3
    Calgary, Canada1,484 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive setting
    As others have said, it is an anticlimax after the spectacular paintings of the valley of the Kings, but it is still impressive, and it has a stunning setting. Great view over Luxor, as well. It's probably not a destination in itself, but if you are at the Valley of the Kings anyway, it's a good nearby addition to a tour. There is still ongoing archeological work, so the details may become more impressive in the future. Having a guide did help in understanding the history and significance of what we were seeing.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 January 2024
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazingly large temple honoring Hatshepsut
    This is yet another amazing place that should be on your list when you visit Egypt. The scale of the place is amazing and the restorations that have been done are very good. The fact that this was for a woman pharaoh is also very interesting. We enjoyed our visit here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • ken j
    Manalapan, New Jersey903 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern looking temple
    If you are near in the Valley of the Kings, this is worth seeing. Not much to see inside, but looks very modern and beautiful from the outside. But it gets very hot here, no shade at all. Check out the remnants of the tree of Moses near it.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 February 2024
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Randburg
Randburg, South Africa364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Unfortunately much of this temple was destroyed on the inside by rivals of the queen so not much left to see inside, but the setting of the temple amongst the desert mountain scape is fantastic. Worth an hour or so to visit.
Written 30 June 2024
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Arunverma
Amritsar, India2,331 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Couples
After visiting The Vally of The Kings and Collossi of Memnon, we visited this place.
The gigantic complex of Queen Hatshepsut (1479-1458 BC), an ambitious woman, wife of Tuthmosi II, who assumes the title of pharaoh, is a funerary-type temple.
Built close to the mountains that delimit the Valley of the Kings, near today's Deir el-Bahri, Luxor West Bank it takes advantage of the natural slope of the valley by rising on three different levels with huge superimposed terraces. Each terrace is delimited by a system of colonnaded porticoes communicating internally by means of a staircase.
Its construction was attended, among others, by the architect Senmut, an influential adviser to the queen and one of the few known to us.
The symbiosis between architecture and nature that he managed to achieve is surprising.
Hatshepsut's temple is accessed via a long ramp that originates from an external courtyard and leads to the lower terrace. From the colonnaded porticoes one reaches both the chapels of Anubis and Hathor - the dog-god and the cow-goddess respectively - powerful deities of the underworld - and the smaller ones, dedicated to the queen and her father Tuthmosi I, all carved into the rock.
The Sancta sanctorum was the most sacred and inner cell of the temple.
On the walls of the colonnaded porticos some reliefs have been preserved which depict various significant moments of Hatshepsut's reign, also exalting her divine nature. After all, it was not uncommon to find decorations like these: the walls of the temples were often painted and engraved, according to a tradition that continued from the Old to the New Kingdom, with cycles that recounted the exploits of the pharaoh, his battles, his expeditions to the search for gold or jewels.

Written 20 May 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York4,185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hutshepsut is quite impressive. See the inscriptions on the walls. It is worth a short visit.
Written 1 May 2024
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Kev H
Chile5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The guide Mary from Luxor was very friendly and extremely well informed. She was always on time and was very kind. Thank you, Mary! Nice Tours is lucky to have people like you.
Written 26 April 2024
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FayeLG10
Chester, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The temple of Hatshepsut is one of the most grand temples in all of egypt, granted yet is is mostly a modern reconstruction of the old temple, to be there amd know thos is how it was structured back by the ancients was amazing, it was very busy, but not over crowded. It was absolutely beautiful to see the intricate reconstruction but really there is not too much to do there and we spent maybe an hour here at most, a MUST see if ypu are in luxor but it will not take up more than a couple of hours at most
Written 23 April 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
This surprisingly modern looking temple appears part of the cliffs rising above it. It is on two levels with a long ramp leading onto the upper terrace. Each terrace has a double row of square cut columns. Nine large statues remain in front of the columns on the top level. There are coloured reliefs on the walls of the colonnades and on the columns though they can be difficult to make out in full sunlight.

There are three interior shrines, one on the south to Hathor, one to the north to Anubis and the central one to Amun with its barrelled roof and a ceiling decorated with night stars with the two headless statue sentinels (you can only look at this room from the door). Some sections of the colonnades were closed. It is a really beautiful temple though it can get crowded as everyone visits here.
Written 6 April 2024
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JG_88
Singapore, Singapore95 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Damn disappointed! The ticketing counter insisted on charging me 400 instead of 360! According to the notice, foreigners should pay 360 and only with a credit card! But he insisted on charging me 400 and only accepting cash! What a dirty place! I refused to give cash and extra money, and I left this place!
Written 1 April 2024
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ1,257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Surprise visit here was great. Didn't know much of the history until the guide explained it all. Enjoyed the facade and looking around. Worth the visit.
Written 17 March 2024
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Tiago Barroso
Alhandra, Portugal893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This is my second time seeing the Hatshepsut Temple. I'm not tired of seeing it. Is a huge temple carved in the mountain with good access to the people, with amazing columns and stairs. It is amazing and well preserved too, it is an amazing experience, i truly recommend it, and it is an experience to repeat again.
Written 6 March 2024
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Orcadian1968
Kirkwall, UK476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited this Temple as part of our Day Trip to Luxor. It was amazing. the sheer scale of the temple. It was busy - but not to the point that it spoiled the visit. We arrived there about 1pm.
Written 28 February 2024
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