In the heart of a massive mountain, a temple was carved with a completely different design to the other ancient Egyptian temples. It was built of limestone, not sandstone, as the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. It features rich, unique decorations, which made it one of the world’s most striking architectural masterpieces. This great sightseeing is the Temple of Hatshepsut.
In which you can share the ancient Egyptians in their first commercial expeditions that date back to thousands of years; sure, you will feel the difference of the history. So, what were these commercial expeditions seem like?
In the West Bank of the Nile opposite to the city of Luxor in Egypt, where you are in the north of the funerary temple, which called Deir el-Bahari temple that was established by Mentuhotep Nebbet Ra, one of the kings of the eleventh family, you can find Hatshepsut Temple that will describe exactly these ancient commercial Business cruises.
Once you begin your attractive tour inside the Temple of Hatshepsut, your suspense will start seeing three large terraces have the shape of balconies, one above the other with unique decorations; their construction lasted 15 years and supervised by Senimut, the genius architect.
The first terrace is the road to the temple is a 100-foot bridge, where you will live one of the deals that Hatshepsut made thousands of years ago since you will find exotic trees, shrubs, decorations of rare animals that are not found on the land of Egypt, tiger furs and incense, which Hatshepsut brought from her trade expeditions to Punt (Ethiopia, Eritrea, or northern Somalia today).
On the north side of the colonnade, you can see a scene, which represents the Hatshepsut offering four calves to Amon Ra.
After knowing the more secrets about this commercial deal by unlocking the decorations of this terrace with the accompany of our Egyptologist tour guide, complete the suspense by walking through a ramp.
When arriving at the second terrace, you can see the first pictorial documents ever recorded about a commercial expedition. It specifically tells the story of the maritime expedition that Queen Hatshepsut sent, via the Red Sea, to Punt, which lasted from 1482 BC to 1479 BC.
the face of a woman and the ears of a cow
On the same terrace, you will see the birth of Hatshepsut, the daughter of god Amun, in the shrine to the goddess Hathor. Hathor, depicted with the face of a woman and the ears of a cow carrying a musical instrument, depicts Hatshepsut’s birth. Look towards the statues of Horus in the form of a falcon that are flying from the second courtyard to the third level.
Continue your tour to the third terrace, where you find a portico with double rows of columns facing the foreground and leads you to many rooms containing the remarkable colossal statues of Hatshepsut octagonal.
Actually, The Hatshepsut Temple visit is a rich tour with many ancient Pharaonic statues and designs, including the chapels of Hatshepsut and Thutmose I, as these two warriors are among the main components of the Temple of Hatshepsut and the largest of them. In addition to the main chapel of the god Amun-Ra.
How Temple of Hatshepsut Uncovers Family and Religious Hostility against Queen Hatshepsut
While you walk through The Temple Of Hatshepsut , a story of hate and a conflict will materialize in front of you in some of the walls that you stand in front of them, since you will see the Thutmose III anger revenge is evident on the walls of the temple, where he tried to scrape off Hatshepsut’s name and demolish some of her statues and cartouches, and this is like what he did in the Karnak Temple where he tried to hide her columns.
At the 3rd terrace, you will realize two rows of columns, the front ones taking the Osirid form (a mummy form); are all damaged by Tuthmosis III.
Thutmose III step down
The Hatshepsut was able by her strength and character to step Thutmose III down from the throne of Egypt while he was in a young age, and she was alone in ruling Egypt. That was why Thutmose III hated Hatshepsut.
But when you see deformed walls, you do not have only to oppress Thutmose III, but some of them were deformed by the hands of Thutmose the Third, and others were deformed by the hands of Akhenaten, who launched his religious revolt against the god Amun and Amuns’ priests, so his followers destroyed all the decorations of the god Amun and scraped his names.