1 Mortuary Temple of Hafshepsut at Deir al-Bahri. (~5.5 mi NW of Luxor, Valley of the Queens, March 13)
2 Djeser-Djeseru (the Holy of Holies): Pharaoh Hatshepsut's mortuary temple in the temple complex of Deir el-Bahri, near Luxor. Pharaohs of the 11th and 18th dynasties built their temples here.
3 Statue of Hatshepsut reigned from 1479 to 1458 BC. She was a very successful female pharaoh. (photo of statue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
4 Hatshepsut's temple (the best preserved) was built into the cliff side on top of a series of colonnaded terraces in the classical Theban form; it includes a pylon, courts, a hypostyle hall, sun court, chapel, and sanctuary. This areal view, taken from some distance, shows how the temple was carved from the mountain side. (Credit: image by Steve F-E-Cameron, source.)
5 Picture showing excavation / parts of temple complex in disarray in foreground.
8 Even though the temple is from ~1460 BC, that is, over 3,500 years ago, the colors of pigments are still visible in figures around the entrance to the temple.
10 Our tour guide describing the temple.
11 Armed guards helped we tourists feel safe, a necessity. A significant source of foreign exchange (dollars) comes from tourism in Egypt and they wish to protect that.
12 A school group poses for a picture.
13 Entrance to the temple seen from the trolly area.