Travelogue

Hatshepsut

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Hatshepsut Temple is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile. Hatshepsut’s chancellor and royal architect oversaw construction and most likely designed the temple. It is one of the most characteristic temples in the whole of Egypt, due to its design and decorations; it was built of limestone, not sandstone like most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. It was a funerary Temple for Hatshepsut, as well as a sanctuary of the God, Amon Ra. Hatshepsut wasn’t however buried here as the temple was too obvious a place to bury priceless artifacts so the tomb of Hatshepsut was constructed in secret. The Temple of Hatshepsut was built on three terraced levels and gardens with trees were planted in front of the lower courtyard. Temple supporting walls are masked by long colonnades divided in the centre by monumental access ramps.The temple is floodlit in the evening; it is a beautiful sight which can be seen from any high point, even from across the river in Luxor.