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Deir el-Bahri

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  • Day3

    Temples, Tombs and Trinkets

    January 7, 2020 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    As I’m writing this it is 8.15pm on 7th Jan and we are cruising down the river Nile. It’s dark, but there are locals outside my window yelling out “holá” every 30 seconds. They are in small motor boats, powering along - or actually attached to our cruise ship by a rope - and are selling things! The idea is that they throw it to you, and if you like it then you throw the money down. Hectic!

    This morning was chilly and brisk as we crossed the Nile in colourful motor boats. Before we knew it, we were in the Valley of the Queens.

    Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple was amazing. Three levels of this queen proclaiming that she was actually the daughter of Amun, and thereby proving she should be Pharaoh. There is even a scene of Hatshepsut drinking milk from the udder of Hathor to further prove that point. Medhat explained exactly how it all went down, and boy were there some crazy family dramas!

    Just to add to her deity relationship claim, this temple is directly in alignment with Karnak (we visited yesterday). This just adds to her father claim, basically saying - see that’s my Dad’s temple just over there, we are so connected.

    We zoomed onto the Valley of the Kings! It’s easy to see why they chose to bury their pharaohs (and all their gold) in these mountains. You would never know a tomb was waiting behind all of those rocks. And what’s amazing is that there would be possibly hundreds more tombs waiting to be found in the mountain!

    Tutankhamen’s tomb. The most famous in the world - but not the most beautiful one we saw today. It’s quite small actually. It’s still hard to believe that I saw Tutankhamen’s ACTUAL mummified head today. So so so so many videos, textbooks, YouTube videos, BBC specials and National Geographic articles about the boy king - and I saw it today. To tell you the truth, I still expected it to be glimmering and gold, even though I knew it was all taken to the Cairo museum.

    We saw three other tombs in the Valley. Each was different and kind of the same. Merenptah’s has 2x sarcophagi because he thought the first one was ugly! When they built tombs, it was a big secret to everyone where they were located. So this meant that when they were building Rameses’ IX tomb they actually bumped into another tombs wall! They made a quick turn (very unusual in tombs!) and continued on!

    The day continued....

    We visited an Alabaster workshop and were entertained by a show and tell that had a strangely similar vibe to a seal show at Sea World; each worker was applauded after showing us their certain skill. The owner promised us a good special price as we are family. We are suckers. Medhat said our bargaining was “almost good”. I think a drop from 5000 to 2000 is still pretty good though.

    Our last big adventure for the day (and this is all before our 3pm lunch) was the temple at Luxor. Amazing. Incredible. These Egyptians knew a thing about building. But this has a super bizarre element! Right at the back, a Coptic Church had decided to repurpose the building. In doing so, they just plastered saintly painting straight over the hieroglyphs - and the remnants are still there! It’s strange how much they just didn’t care about the ancient buildings!

    Back to the boat. We set sail. Saw a sunset over the Nile and are heading to Edfu tomorrow.
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    So great! Bit jealous 😆 loving reading and seeing your photos ❤️ - Mim

    1/7/20Reply

    Epic! And it’s only day 2! ❤️ Fee

    1/7/20Reply
    Jeremony Ryan

    Matt in that pic so pharaoh so good

    1/8/20Reply
    Jeremony Ryan

    So pharaoh so good

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  • Day2

    Hatschepsut-Tempel

    February 21, 2014 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Nach dem Tal der Könige gehts weiter zum Totentempel der Hatschepsut, 1475 v. Chr. erbaut. Von dem daneben liegenden Tempel des Mentuhotop II., der 700 Jahre früher entstand, ist kaum noch etwas zu sehen.

    Das Grab des Architekten liegt neben dem Tempel in der Felswand. Der Weg zum Tempel war einst gesäumt von Weihrauch-Bäumen aus Punt.

    Horus bewacht den Eingang zur unteren Terrasse, die obere Terrasse wird dominiert von überlebensgroßen Statuen der Hatschepsut in Gestalt des Jenseitsherrschers Osiris. Farbreste lassen erahnen, wie prächtig auch dieser Tempel einst bemalt gewesen sein muss.

    Auf der ersten Ebene befindet sich ein Tempel, welcher der kuhköpfigen Göttin Hathor geweiht ist. Der Kopf der Hathor mit Kuhohren lächelt eindrucksvoll von den Säulen. Auf den Wandreliefs zeigt sich Hathor als Kuh und Horus als Falke.

    Auf der unteren Galerie waren einst prächtige Wandgemälde. Die eine Seite, die die Geburtslegende der Hatschepsut zeigt, ist derzeit leider nicht zugänglich. Die andere Seite zeigt die Expedition in das sagenhafte Land Punt. Leider sind die Reliefs teilweise mehr zu erahnen als zu erkennen.

    Mittlerweile ist Mittagszeit, die heißeste Zeit des Tages, und es ist ziemlich heiß hier im Deir el Bahri vorm Tempel der Hatschepsut. Und so wird auch das kleinste Stückchen Schatten ausgenutzt... :-)
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  • Day7

    Luxor II

    July 24, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ 36 °C

    The next morning, I awoke and greeted Saber. He was waiting for me and we both went outside to head back to the city center as I had a tour to explore a lot of Luxor's major sites. We stopped by to get breakfast, and even though I had pleaded, he still paid for my breakfast, delicious bread with vegetables inside. I dropped by the docks and got on his felucca, where he made some tea. It was a good way to start the morning, he also offered his boat's storage compartment so I can store my bag in his boat while I toured so it wouldn't hinder me too much. All of that without even asking for baksheesh.

    I waited in front of Luxor hotel, the meeting place I set up and soon the tour van came. I jumped inside and sat on the back, most of them were Chinese tourists but there was a white young guy sitting with me at the back. We weren't really talking, our first stop was the Valley of Kings, I tried to use my student ID for a discount and got it luckily. There were 3 tombs we were able to dive in to, the hieroglyphics and just how ancient they were enough to make me marvel at them. The inside were strictly no pictures, and there were "guards" lurking about checking the phones of tourists. People took pictures and sometimes they got away with it, sometimes they don't. Anyways, I was both the former and the latter. In the first 2 tombs, I got some nice photos, but the last one, a guy approached me and asked to check my phone. He saw some photos and counted them and asked for 20 pounds for each photo. I offered to delete it but he wasn't having it so I tried to stall as much as possible and just told him to meet my tour guide instead, so I dragged him all the way up as he offered me to pay him less, but I just climbed all the way up the tomb. At least, he had to work for it. My tour guide and the guy started to argue and I paid him off with just 20 pounds. The pics weren't even that good, to be honest.

    Our next stop was the Temple of Hatshepsut, that temple was really dope and beautiful with such intricate architecture with a mountain looming behind. I started talking to the guy I was sitting with in the back, Mitch. He caught on that I was using an old student ID. After the temple, we visited the Colossi of Memnon, and then a souvenir store and watched some people perform a musical number. We had a lunch buffet and then stopped by a hotel lobby to chill for a bit, which was quite odd for the tour but it allowed us to escape from the heat. Mitch and I talked a lot here, talking about our own adventures and trading life stories.

    Our last two stops for the day was Karnak temple and Luxor temple, both amazing places with these carved columns and having a mix of both Christianity, Islam and ancient Egypt. We explored the place and helped take pictures of each other, we went to some hidden places and ran away when we got caught cuz we knew they would be asking for money. It was fun, jumping across scaffoldings and going through a labyrinth of walls. After the tour, we opted to just say good bye and go off on our own without getting transported back. We stopped by McDonald's to get some frozen treats, getting offered hash by a random street peddler on the way. I invited Mitch to stop by Saber's felucca and he agreed. We spent the remaining of the afternoon sipping tea while watching the scarlet sun set across the Nile. It was a moment. Mitch said good bye and I also had to start getting ready as I had to catch my night bus that night going back to Cairo. Saber, being Saber still paid for my transportation on the way back to his place so I could take a shower, and bought me dinner for the road ahead. We ate on the street while talking about his faith. I wished him well and left for the bus terminal. It was fun waiting for the bus, as I had no goals and just had to relax. I got on the bus and got ready to sleep.
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  • Day2

    Hathor-Kapelle

    November 27, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Links neben der Punthalle (Goldland=Punt)des Hatschepsut-Tempels gibt es einen kleinen Portikus vor der Hathor-Kapelle. Die mittleren Säulen sind mit Hathor-Kapitellen geschmückt. Dieser Portikus öffnet sich innen in ein Vestibül, durch das man in die Säulenhalle der Kapelle gelangt. Read more

  • Day5

    Totentempel der Hatschepsut

    April 4, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Der Totentempel der Hatschepsut stammt aus der 18. Dynastie und ist der am besten erhaltene Tempel in Deir el-Bahari am Westufer des Nil in Theben. Auffällig ist seine eigenwillige Architektur. Die Pylone sind durch offene Pfeilerhallen am Anfang je einer Terrasse ersetzt. Der gesamte Tempel ist aus Kalkstein errichtet.

    Der gesamte Talkessel von Deir el-Bahari ist hauptsächlich den Göttern Hathor und Amun-Re geweiht, daneben auch Horus in Chemmis, Anubis, Amun und Iunmutef. Der Tempel wurde bis in ptolemäische Zeit genutzt. In koptischer Zeit entstand auf dem Tempel das Phoibammon-Kloster. Das Kloster wurde bis ins 11. Jahrhundert genutzt und von verschiedenen Bischöfen besucht. Der Totentempel der Hatschepsut ist ein sogenanntes Millionenjahrhaus.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ma‘bad ad Dayr al Baḩrī, Ma`bad ad Dayr al Bahri, Deir el-Bahari, Deir el-Bahri, معبد الدير البحري, Site de Deir el-Bahari