Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, New Valley, Egypt

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is one of the most beautiful of all of the temples of Ancient Egypt. It is located at Deir el-Bahri, at the head of the valley beneath the peak of the mountain “Dehent”. Hatshepsut´s temple was named “Djeser-djeseru”. It sits directly against the rock which forms a natural amphitheatre around it so that the temple itself seems to grow from the living rock.

The design of the temple echoes that of the Mortuary Temple of Montuhotep which is its neighbour. There is also a mortuary temple dedicated to Thuthmosis III and a number of Ptolemaic burials in the vicinity. Apparently, there used to be a mudbrick temple dedicated to Amenhotep I and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, but it was destroyed to make way for Hatshepsut’s temple.

Epic Egypt Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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