Description of Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Deir el- Bahri
Deir el- Bahri Archaeological Site in Egypt is famous for its
magnificent Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is unique in its size and
architecture. 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. The 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.