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Queen Hatshepsut

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Queen Hatshepsut's mortuary temple located in Luxor at Deir el Bahari. Dynasty XVIII 1480 B.C. When the pharaoh died, his heir (Thutmoses III) was too young to take the throne. The queen then ruled Egypt in his place until he was ready. It was hard to give up the throne, and she was a great ruler. With forged alliances with the priests and some great politics, she managed to hold-off the heir to the throne for quite some time.

This unique temple is built upward in three stages against the towering mountain cliffs. It is dedicated to the God Amun with parts also dedicated to the Goddess Hathor and the God Anubis. There is a valley temple, a causeway, a mortuary temple and, cut deep into the mountain rock, a funerary chapel. The architect was Sen-mut, who was also chancellor (and purported lover) to the queen.

When she finally died and Thutmoses III took to the throne, his vengeance was swift: All drawings depicting her were erased from all temples and mortuaries. This drawing of the Gods pouring the keys of life over her head in the Karnak temple illustrate this point. (picture taken by a Midland customer).

Her obelisk at the Karnak temple escaped his wrath. Built using rose granite and standing at over 97 feet tall, he could not destroy it because it was a religious symbol. So he instead built a wall around it to obscure it.

Another picture by a Midland customer. This one shows the wall around the Obelisk. The queen had the last laugh, though: the wall eventually collapsed, showing the obelisk in a remarkably good condition. The wall helped preserve the obelisk from the ravages of the wind, sun, and sand!

This piece from the temple was dedicated to the Goddess Hathor and is currently on display in the Egyptian museum. A variety of painted borders in orange, gold, and blue surround the large pictorial areas. The Chapel roof is covered with a flat barrel vault that is painted to look like a night teeming with stars.

Bas-relief from the Temple. This is a masterpiece in the temple showing queen Ahmose, queen Hatshepsut's mother.

This statue of the queen was accidentally smashed and then put together.

Queen Hatshepsut knew that she was a maverick. She dressed like a man and acted like a man to gain everyone's acceptance. This statue of her is a rare one that shows her as a woman.

Queen Hatshepsut's sarcophagus.

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