The temple was named after Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt and situated under the cliffs of Deir El-Bahari — a name pointing to the former monastery built during the Coptic era.
History has it that the Queen herself ordered the construction of the temple in 1479 B.C. as a magnificent monument that narrates her life’s story. Then it took about 15 years to erect. The structure resembles the Temple of Mentuhotep II but quite larger with three levels — the ground, second, and third.
At ground level, you’re welcome by the aesthetic square pillars, and the courtyard carrying colonnades at the back.
The archways at the ground level leads you into the second level where you fall in love with the sphinxes. It’s a place of no return staring into a reflecting pool — not in a deadly way 🙂
There you go. We have the third level which tells you how somewhat unfortunate it is for the Queen that her statue was in fact replaced overtime with that of King Tutmosis III or Meophis II as the case may be.
Regardless of whether this temple still tells Hatshepsut’s story, it is an incredible temple emphasizing the ancient Egyptian history with all its aggrandized Pharaohs.
By Elijah Christopher