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Hatshepsut Temple

Hatshepsut is the only woman ruling l-gypt as a pharaoh. but this only happened through clever use Of coalitions and marriage. She was the daughter of Tuthmosis 2. married to Tuthmosis 3 and after his death she claimed effective power by marrying infant Tuthmosis 4. Her temple here at the foot of the Theban hills is among the most effectively designed structures of all of Egypt.

Hatshepsut Temple

Hatshepsut is the only woman ruling l-gypt as a pharaoh. but this only happened through clever use Of coalitions and marriage. She was the daughter of Tuthmosis 2. married to Tuthmosis 3 and after his death she claimed effective power by marrying infant Tuthmosis 4. Her temple here at the foot of the Theban hills is among the most effectively designed structures of all of Egypt. While employing most of the grand effects of common temples. this temple makes use of open space and contrasts with nature. Most of the area is based upon the experience of the arrival. Wide columned halls arc put on top of each others, with two ramps bringing you up to the 2nd floor, which is deliberately dwarfed by the huge hills in the back. But the temple almost continues into the hills, and the hills arc not just any hills. It is the other side o" the Valley of Kings, the place where kings built tombs in the form of shafts connecting to the underworld. In modern times enough of the temple remains to impress visitors and help even the most insecure photographer to make tine shots. But there are two important parts gone, and you should allow yourself a moment or two to try to imagine how things may have looked. The I st Terrace was planted with myrrh trees, imported by Hatshepsut herself from Punt (probably modern Somalia). The myrrh trees looks really like a huge bush, and is not visually impressive, but the smell is unrivalled. Myrrh was compulsory in the religious rituals performed in any temple in Egypt.
 

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