Temple of Hatshepsut

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The temple of Hatshepsut is one of the most beautiful temples of ancient Egypt and probably in the world, the temple is located on the west bank of Nile river like most of the temples built during the new kingdom era of ancient Egypt during the 15th century B.C as scientists estimated, the temple was discovered by French Egyptologist Edouard Naville in 1911 and took him and his team work almost 25 years to excavate and restore the temple. The temple was named after Queen Hatshepsut who actually built the temple, Queen Hatshepsut ruled Egypt for almost twenty years from 1480 to 1460 B.C, she was the daughter of king Thutmosis 1 who is considered one of the greatest and the most popular pharaohs ever in ancient Egypt history, and she was the only female pharaoh who ruled Egypt therefore, scientists claim the Hatshepsut tend to act like a man in many occasions as she used to have a fake beard on and wear the traditional men pharaoh clothes.
The walls of Hatshepsut temple are decorated with beautiful colored pictures of her visiting the temple and travelling to punt land (Somalia) Unfortunately, the temple was damaged few years after Queen Hatshepsut’s death by her son in law who wanted to remove her name from the temple and from all the structures she had left behind.

 

References:

http://archaeology.about.com/od/archaeologicalsites/a/deir_el_bahri.htm

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/egypt/deirelbahri/deirelbahri.html

http://hatshepsut.bediz.com/temple.html

 

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