Dendera
Schematic of Dendera.
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First view of the Temple of Hathor.
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Dendera
On the west side of the Nile, this temple is of Greco-Roman design and was built over earlier ruins.
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Dendera
Ruins at the temple.
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Dendera
View of the main temple. The heads carved at the top are of Hathor, a goddess with a female head and cows ears.
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View of Hathor columns, as they are called, inside the temple.
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The birth house.
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A stone whose location in the restoration is still being searched.
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Dendera
Ruins of the Hathor temple at Dendera. Note the lights. Egypt illuminates most of its ruins every night. It's that cheap power from the Aswan High Dam.
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Main entrance to the Temple of Hathor.
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Ihab lectures the group about the temple.
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A close-up of two heads.
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Left side of the temple. The engravings tell the same story on both sides of the temple.
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The holy lake used to be in this spot.
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Another view of the main gate to the temple with the birth house on the left.
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In the lead, a goddess introducting the pharaoh to Ra or other higher god. Behind the pharaoh would be an important servant.
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Cleopatra, on the right, presents her son, the small figure behind her.
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A close-up of Julian, Cleopatra's son by Julius Caesar. This carving is the only one found of Julian in Egypt.
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The scene is repeated with Cleopatra and Julian on the right side of the temple. Both scenes are at the rear of the themple.
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Julian.
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Outer side wall of the Hathor temple.
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Grandpa Roy poses for Grandma at the Temple of Hathor.
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The birth house.
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A small part of the ceiling. The colors are original. They have not been touched up in any way, only probably cleaned.
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Columns and ceiling. The dark stains are from smoke from fires people built several hundred years ago for cooking and keeping warm inside the temple.
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Close-up of part of the ceiling.
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Columns of the hippostyle room (a room where the roof is held up by large columns).
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A solar boat is portrayed on a wall of the temple.
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The zodiac (reproduction, the original is in France) which decorates the ceiling of one of the upper chapels of the temple.
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Another of the chapels with Horus columns on the roof of the temple.
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Twenty four columns support the roof of the temple. Can you see Grandma Bert?
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Here she is.
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An imagined scene from the life of Hathor and her family.
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Remains of a statue of a cow, important in the cult of Hathor.
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Dendera
Bes, a dwarf-like god with the traits of a lion. He was supposed to protect the household and guarantee the successful birth of children.
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Outside the temple were merchants ready to sell souveniers.
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