THE HATSHEPSUT TEMPLE
temple is a mortuary temple and considered
one of the most impressive sanctuaries of
ancient Egypt. Established by Queen Hatshepsut --wife of Thutmose II and mother
of ThutmoseIII --, and dedicated to
Amon-Ra, the god
of the sun.
The temple is
located in western Thebes which was the capital of Egypt during the new
kingdom. The temple was completely constructed after 15 years.
Its Arabic name
which is “DEIR AL BAHRI” is derived from the monastery built during the Coptic
era. It is also known as Djeser-Djeseru which means holy of holies. The place
where the temple is located was not chosen by accident, the valley where it was
placed was considered to be sacred for 500 years to the divine feminine beings
of the funeral world. And in a straight way, the temple is a couple of meters
away from the Queen’s tomb in
the valley of the kings, located on
the other side of the mountain.