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Sacred time at Hatshepsut Temple


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Mysterious Temple and mysterious Queen Hatshepsut.(reigned 1479-1457 BC)

Hatshepsut was the most important of the rare female Pharaoh and therefore created disapproval in this patriarcal society.

Many attempts after her death to eradicate her trace on hieroglyphs but this temple is here to stay and still in good condition. Despite Toutmosis III’s ambitions to destroy her history (successor), she is, 3500 years later, a famous Pharaoh, playing between been man and woman representations, what else! (She assumed, for exemple the traditional false beard and the symbols of Pharaohs)

Located in Deir el Bahari, a complex of Mortuary Temples, it is dedicated to the Sun God Amon-Ra . Its most striking feature is a long colonnated terrace filled with many tall sculptures representing the Pharaoh and Deities.

The architecture’s Temple contains pylons, courts, a hypostyle hall, a sun court, a chapel and a sanctuary.

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The chapel of Hathor, goddess of joy, mucic and love

The surviving reliefs on the wall document the birth of the first divine female Pharaoh and an expedition to a mysterious country near the Red Sea (the Land of Punt) from where they brought back copper, asphalt, naptha, carved amulets, myrrh and incense.
Hatshepsut’s temple is considered an incomparable monument of Ancient Egypt.

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Beautiful original colors, The sacred Stars for eternity, with relief of her         Divine Birth.

A simple wa’u….. for this destiny,this fine architecture, and her history.

To enjoy really really good, I propose you to discover the Temple after a walk up the mountain. It’s just amazing, you feel the temple like a present given from it. Wallahi!

Just Enjoy the next pictures, a normal health conditions is required.

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Isn’t it Beautiful?

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You walk up the Big Eternal Hatshepsut’s Monument and from this view, you could see others marvels of Ancient Egypt but…sshutt.. I’ll let you discover by yourself when you will come 😉

Hatshepsut was a great Pharaoh of the XVIII  Dynasty, she built in Karnak the Red Chapel and famous Obelisqs. She wished gold obelisk for Amon Ra…With all her love, she built it in granit, with all her love too.

Hatshepsut, with all my love, you are a great Pharaoh.

Just a note : Luxor is amazing to gather all this Ancient History, following the biggest Pharaohs from the begining of them reign until them death, by Temples and tombs.

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Tomb of Amenhotep III soon reopened to visitors?


Have you already enjoyed a walk to the Tomb of Ay (KV 23), middle of Valley of the Kings?
This is a nice way to feel the heart of the nature, when the wind whistles in your hears and echoes from the cliffs leave you a good omen for the rest of your discoveries.

This is the sacred place chosen by Pharaoh Amenothep III (also called Amenophis III, XVIII dynasty) and Pharaoh Ay (end XVIII dynasty), for them eternal life.
Located in the Valley of the West, or Valley of the Monkeys (named from Ay’s Tomb, decorated with twelve monkeys), the tomb of Amenothep III is along the way. Great Pharaoh of his time, Amenothep III reigned 38 years and let Egypt in peace and prosperity. By a «simple» cavity rock, never we imagine one of the biggest Tomb of Ancient Thebes is just 24 meters deeper!

Discovered in early excavation of the Valley of the Kings looted and emptied of its treasures (KV 22). Later, Howard Carter and Lord Carvarnon made a complete description of the tomb, in 1915.
After the entrance, many rooms lead to burial chamber : Corridor, pillared hall, chambers (it’s unique, two seems to be dedicated for Pharaoh’s wives), ante chambers. Burial chamber is decorated with fine quality, representing Pharaoh and deities (frescoes) and only the top of the big sarcophagus is still inside.

The tomb is closed for restoration, but workers are daily on the site now!

Through these pictures about magic nature and Pharaonic marvels, you can discover the place chosen by Amenothep III, Great Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, away from other tombs in the Valley of the Kings, as to mark his difference. He was Akhenaten’s father, his successor, entering in Armarnen era, stopped by Pharaoh Ay, who is the only other tomb in this Valley!

Development workers, at the foot of the cliff.                                                                       A tent  for meeting point or sharing a cup of tea, most of work is deep underground.

At the entrance of the tomb, the large pipes used to regenerate the air for workers underground.

External regenerator air connected to pipes inside the tomb. You can see the (small) entrance in the background.

Overview of the (small) entrance to the tomb at the immensity of the cliff.

Be sure to spend a beautiful trip through this balad, feeling nature, sunshine and nice discoveries we’ll be happy to share you!

If you like to spend couple of day in Luxor and the marvels, why not rent a flat to enjoy your visit?

Along the way, complete your discoveries by visiting Ay’s Tomb,presumed successor of Tutankhamun.
(ticket office in the Valley of the Kings 25LE around 2.5GBP; 4USD)

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Enjoy Luxor at your own pace


Spending a couple of days in West Bank to feel the magic of Pharaohs time, it’s the way to live here, you have to feel this one time in your life! Then, Egypt does the rest, you will know!

Everything is very special.
First, You are here! and all around you is just amazing.
Some people come to visit as they buy them bread everyday and ask: how much?…and go back, forgotten the essential! Incredible but real! And they stay never long in most of sites, it’s the positive!
Then…come back to our beautiful and calm day in West Bank, the true way to be here.
So, you are here, the weather is very lovely, the sweet color of the nature and the main of your day make you feel in other world.
Two majestic statues welcome you in this beautiful world, the Colossi of Memnon, whose make feeling quiet, strong, high and so present all over this time (3400 years old!). When you pass over them you enter the magic land of the eternal Luxor (ancient Thebes) where the Kings and Queens Valleys are, Temples and sites where the Pharaohs lived and died.

Only one road to «jump» from temple to temple, and you go back in the line of lifetime. Along this road, the Temples of Sethi I, Ramses II, RamsesIII, Hatshepsut for the most famous and beautiful conservation and restoration, but also Amenophis III, Merenptah, still in restoration. The Sacred mountain keep the marvels of the tombs of kings, queens and nobles, with beautiful color make you thinking it was done yesterday.

To enjoy your journey, there is some nice places to stay between you’r visiting temples if you are bit hungry, or just to appreciate fresh juice (orange, mango, lemon, banana…) and keep your good vibes with beautiful view, never far away from king’s Valley and green landscape, palm trees and sunny colors. I’m thinking specially one place call «Moon Valley» and so, other are nice too without feeling you are in a flashy fashion place,that’s why West Bank is so special cause you feel the nature like before.

Visiting Luxor, and specially West Bank, at your own pace, need a couple of days to see, feel and enjoy this very special time in your life.
Spending sunset time on the Nile, discovering the two beautiful temples in est side, Karnak and Luxor Temple and when the night comes, the sacred mountain illuminated is just wonderful.

 

Luxor, you will always amaze me!