Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Djeser-Djeseru ("Holy of Holies"), is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The mortuary temple is dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra and is located next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, which served both as an inspiration, and later, a quarry.

The relief sculpture within Hatshepsut’s temple recites the tale of the divine birth of a female pharaoh – the first of its kind. The text and pictorial cycle also tell of an expedition to the Land of Punt, an exotic country on the Red Sea coast. While the statues and ornamentation have since been stolen or destroyed, the temple once was home to two statues of Osiris, a sphinx avenue as well as many sculptures of the Queen in different attitudes – standing, sitting, or kneeling. Many of these portraits were destroyed at the order of her stepson Thutmose III after her death.

The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Temple of Luxor (5 km), Temples of Karnak (6 km), Temple of Dendera (45 km), Temple of Edfu (89 km), Temple of Kom Ombo (147 km), Assuan (Egypt) (185 km), Temple of Philae (193 km), Temples of Kalabscha (239 km), Temples of Wadi es-Sebua (328 km), Temple of Amada (336 km), Temples of Abu Simbel (391 km), Cairo (Egypt) (499 km), Istanbul (Turkey) (1,732 km), Isfahan (Iran) (2,000 km), Shiraz (Iran) (2,006 km), Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam (2,045 km), Syracuse (Italy) (2,066 km), Tehran (Iran) (2,106 km), Catania (Italy) (2,106 km), Taormina (Italy) (2,113 km)

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