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October 14, 2010
From journal Cruising the Nile
Gravesend, United Kingdom
September 21, 2009
From journal The Ancient Delights of the Middle East
January 26, 2009
From journal An Unforgettable 10 Days in Egypt
Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
February 18, 2008
From journal Red Sea Celebrations
Cary, North Carolina
June 6, 2006
From journal Luxor Egypt, Not Vegas
July 4, 2004
The temple itself appears to be cut right out of the cliffs in an eye-pleasing manner. However, as far as temples go, it wasn't very exciting. Maybe that's because it was the millionth temple we'd seen, but the reliefs weren't spectacular and the ramps are a bit of a climb in the hot sun.
From journal Exploring Egypt 2004
Oak Hill, Virginia
June 6, 2004
The temple sits at the head of the Valley of the King’s overshadowed by the Peak of Thebes in Deir el-Bahri. As queens were generally buried in the Valley of the Queens, Queen Hatshepsut broke the mold and placed her mortuary temple and tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The reliefs depict her birth and pay homage to the sun god Amun. They also depict the queen’s journey on the Red Sea to Punt, the land of incense. The queen brought frankincense trees from Punt to decorate the front of her temple.
A row of statues stood along the first terrace that depicted Queen Hatshepsut as a woman. Those statues were destroyed in Tuthmosis III’s reign. The row of statues on the second terrace are those of Queen Hatshepsut depicted as a man with a false beard. Those statues, believed to be of someone else, were left standing.
From journal Egypt: The Jewel of the Nile
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 20, 2000
Hatshepsut was the only female pharaoh of Egypt, the fifth ruler of the 18th Dynasty. As was common in royal families, she married her half-brother, Tuthmosis II, who had a son, Tuthmosis III, with another wife. When Tuthmosis II died, Hatshepsut was appointed regent due to the heir's young age. They ruled jointly until 1473 when she declared herself pharaoh. When Tuthmosis III took over the power, he had Hatshepsut's figure destroyed from all temples, including Deir el Bahari.
From journal The apogee of ancient Egypt