Description of Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Deir el- Bahri
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el- Bahri is entirely carved from the slope of
the mountain and devoted to only woman in the history of Ancient
Egypt to rule the land for over 20 years. The chief architect of
the religious complex was Senenmutu. The construction of Temple
of Queen Hatshepsut took
nearly all of her rule. For 15 years thousands of workers were
extracting tons of mountain to clear way for this temple.
consists of three open terraces, rising one after another on the slope
of the cliff. Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is decorated with statues, reliefs and drawings
depicting life of a queen, including queen's journey to the country of
Punt. The sanctuary is famous for the goddess Hathor columns with
capitals in the form of the head of a goddess. On one wall of the
sanctuary preserved fresco depicting warriors with different weapons. The temple was partially destroyed by Ramses II.
Later it was converted to a Christian monastery. Left of the temple of Hatshepsut are the remains of nearly
ruined temple Mentuhotep I.