Dendera temple complex is located about 2.5 kilometers southeast of Dendera, Egypt. It is considered the best-preserved temple in Egypt. Dendera temple complex is sited about 60 kilometers north of Luxor opposite the modern town of Qena. Through our article, you will discover all info about Dendera temple includes:
Dendera Temples Complex
What You Can See inside Dendera Temple Complex:
The complex of Dendera temple is totally surrounded by a hefty mud brick enclosed wall and it covers around 40.000 square meters. Dendera Temple complex has been the main site of ancient chapels & shrines. The pharaoh Pepi I was the one who was responsible for the establishments in Dendera. Through our article, you will know:
- 1- Temple of Hathor
- 2- Temple of the birth of Isis
- 3- Sacred Lake
- 4- Well
- 5- Sanatorium
- 6- Chapel of Montuhotep
- 7- Mammisi of Nectanebo II
- 8- Christian Basilica
- 9- Roman Mammisi
- 10- Gateway of Domitian and Trajan
Who is Hathor!!
Hathor was the main goddess in the ancient Egyptian religion and she had many roles. She was the mother of Horus, the sky god, and Ra, the Sun God. She was mainly depicted as a cow to symbolize her maternal and celestial aspects and she had the form of a woman wearing a headdress of cow horns and a sun disk. Gods such as Mut and Isis exceed Hathor but she remained one of the most widely worshipped deities.
The Temple of Hathor
Dendera Temple was known before as the temple of Tentyra. It was mainly dedicated to Hathor. Inside the temple, there are some depictions of Cleopatra VII that symbolize Ptolemaic Egyptian art. On the external part of the temple, there is a carving of Cleopatra VII Philopator and her son, Ptolemy XV fathered by Julius Caesar. The highest part of its roof has been closed since 2003.
The Layout Elements of Dendera Temple
|Large Hypostyle Hall||Small Hypostyle Hall||Laboratory|
|Storage magazine||Offering entry||Treasury|
|Exit to well||Access to stairwell||Offering hall|
|Hall of the Ennead||Great Seat and the main sanctuary||Shrine of the Nome of Dendera|
|Shrine of Isis||Shrine of Sokar||Shrine of Harsomtus|
|Shrine of Hathor’s Sistrum||Shrine of gods of Lower Egypt||Shrine of Hathor|
|Shrine of the throne of Rê||Shrine of Rê||Shrine of the Menat collar|
|Shrine of Ihy||Court of the First Feast||Passage|
|Staircase to roof|
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