"Temple of Hatshepsut - Middle Terrace" Necropolis of Thebes Things to Do Tip by MM212

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      Looking east
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The vast middle terrace of the Temple of Hatshepsut contains the more interesting features of the temple. The northern end, along the cliff is unfinished portico with multiple columns. The adjacent corner of the terrace, facing east, is the chapel of Anubis with its colourful hypostyle hall and rock cut inner sanctuary. The two main porticoes on the terrace are split by the ramp leading to the third terrace and guarded by statues of the god Horus in the form of a falcon. On the right hand side of the ramp is the birth colonnade, in which scenes of the divine birth of Hatshepsut are depicted. On the left is the most celebrated Punt Colonnade featuring lively depictions of Hatshepsut's expedition to the Land of Punt. From this side of the terrace, the Chapel of Hathor, goddess of love and joy, is accessible.

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  • Updated Feb 28, 2008
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