Temple of Hathor, Dendera

Dendera is a small town in Egypt situated on the west bank of the Nile, about 5 km south of Qena, on the opposite side of the river. It is located approximately 60 kinometers north of Luxor.

Scenery of waterside, Dendera

Scenery of waterside, Dendera

Market of Dendera

Market of Dendera

Dendera Temple complex (Tmple of Hathor) located about 2.5 km south-east of Dendera, is one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt.

Scenery around the Temple

Scenery around the Temple

Entrance to the Dendera Temple Complex

Entrance to the Dendera Temple Complex

The Old Kingdom pharaoh Pepi I built religious structures at the site and there are still remnants of a temple constructed during the eighteenth dynasty.

Temple of Hathor, Dendera

Temple of Hathor, Dendera

Large  Hathor Hypostyle Hall

Large Hathor Hypostyle Hall

Recently cleaned ceiling of the Temple of Hathor

Recently cleaned ceiling of the Temple of Hathor

From Second, Small Hypostyle Hall to Main Sanctuary

From Second, Small Hypostyle Hall to Main Sanctuary

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Wall painting, Inner Room of the Temple

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Dendera Light, double representation on the right wall.

Reliefs of Cleopatra VII and her son by Julius Caesar, Caesarion at the Dendera Temple

Reliefs of Cleopatra VII and her son by Julius Caesar, Caesarion at the Dendera Temple

To the right of the gateway there is a Roman birth house (Mammisi) which is often ascribed to Trajan but may also have been constructed by Nero.

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Roman birth house (Mammisi)

Mammisi (Mamisi) is a term used for a small chapel attached to a larger temple, and associated with the nativity of a god. The word is derived from Coptic.

Coin of the primitive times?

Coin of the primitive times?

Bes relief at the Dendera Temple

Bes relief at the Dendera Temple

Bes is an Ancient Egyptian deity worshipped as a protector of households, and in particular, of mothers and children and childbirth. Bes later came to be regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad.

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