The axis of Queen Hatshepsut's mortuary temple at Deir Al Bahari is in alignment with the axis of the temple of Amun at Karnak. The temple is dedicated to the gods Hathor and Horus. Senenmut her architect and possibly lover, also has his own mortuary temple near by.

Hatshepsut, queen of Thutmose II, made herself Pharaoh upon his death, as his heir (her step son Thutmoses III) was still a boy. Thutmoses III resented this and when he came to power, spent some effort erasing her image and cartouche from the kingdom.

A team of Polish archaeologists reassembled the temple from ruins in the 1960s. Read more on the(Wiki link).


We approach by trolley bus On the lower terrace (*)
Horus guards the entrance ramps Chapel of Hathor and again
The paint work over the entrance Head of Hatshepsut
View looking back down the ramp. The Axis of Karnak temple is aligned with Hatshepsuts temple on the east side of the Nile (#) The entrance to the main courtyard. Note the two crowns Lower Egypt (left) and Upper Egypt (right) (#)
To the left as you enter the upper terrace is the entrance to Hatshepsut's sanctuary Straight ahead is the Amun Re complex Looking at the entrance to the Amun Re complex
and the paintwork to the right is breathtaking showing scenes of offerings to the gods Amun, chapel of Anubis
Also at Deir al Bahari is the mortuary temple of the first Pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom, Mentuhotep II similar in design, Hatshepsut's temple is a larger copy of this Me in front of the sanctuary of Queen Hatshepsut's Temple
(*) - Image supplied by Ed Parlock (#) - Image supplied by Don Anderson