"Temple of Hatschepsut - female Pharao" Temple of Hatshepsut Tip by Myndo

Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor: 91 reviews and 227 photos

  Hatschepsut Temple
by Myndo

The Temple of Hatschepsut can be seen from quite far away (from the Memnon Colossi e.g.). It is quite big and with a very unusual view - compared to the other temples that are around.
Hatschepsut was the daughter of Pharao Thutmosis I. The heir of the Pharao (her half brother Thuthmosis II) married her - nothing unusual actually, but mostly there were no children out of these political marriages, the Pharao had enough other wifes and concubines. But in this case Thutmosis III was born.
Thutmosis II died very early and his Son was not old enough for the throne, so his mother Hatschepsut took it in the meantime.
Obviously once she had the power she would not want to let it go, even as her son got older. She built some temples (also to show the people her status).
Finally she died - under what circumstances is unknown and her heir Thutmosis III finally got the throne. Because his mother has taken away what he thought was his and he dad to wait that long, he was so angry on her that he took revenge by destroying her temples and (where that was not possible) eradicating her name.
In the old times there were 3 temples at this place. Only from the middle one is enough left that it could be reconstructed.

Whether the temple really looked like that (I think it has the look of a modern building) is unknown and disputed.

Since 2003 it is restored so far, that one can walk up to the second level.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 1, 2004
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