Deir el-Bahri Archaeological Site

Deir el-Bahri

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Open: 6am- 4pm winter

6am- 5pm summer


Description of Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Deir el- Bahri Archaeological Site

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.