Valley of the Queens- Hatshepsut's Temple

3634  --> Mortuary Temple of Hafshepsut at Deir al-Bahri. (~5.5 mi NW of Luxor, Valley of the Queens, March 13) IMG 3629  --> 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. hatshepsut  --> 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) thebesnecropolis  --> 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 .) STA 3633  --> Picture showing excavation / parts of temple complex in disarray in foreground. IMG 3628  -->
IMG 3639  --> IMG 3651  --> 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. IMG 3641  --> IMG 3627  --> Our tour guide describing the temple. IMG 3610  --> 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. IMG 3650  --> A school group poses for a picture.
IMG 3662  --> Entrance to the temple seen from the trolly area. IMG 3652  --> Taking pictures of the school kids. IMG 3656  --> Our friends and fellow tourists. IMG 3654  --> IMG 3659  --> Us. IMG 3660  --> Closeup of "us."
IMG 3658  --> Betty on a wall at the front of the temple.