A series of Egyptian Temples

Egyptian Temples were built for the official worship of the gods and in commemoration of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Temples were seen as houses dedicated to gods and pharaohs. 

Temple dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut

The Temple was built to commemorate the achievements of the Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut. Queen Hatshepsut was one of ancient Egypt's first female pharaohs. Hatshepsut erected towering obelisks (tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monuments) and built many roads in the ancient Egyptian town of Thebes

Image of Egyptian Antiquite: view of one of the sides along the walls of the Temple dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut (Hatshepsut) (1479 BC - 1457 BC) Deir el Bahari, Egypt, Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC) / Egyptian, Deir El-Bahri, Thebes, Egypt, © Luisa Ricciarini / Bridgeman Images

The Great Temple of Amun

The Great Temple of Amun was the central temple in the Karnak complex. Amun was the Egyptian god of air

Image of The Colossus of Ramesses II: standing statue of the king with his daughter Benta anta in front of his legs, from the Great Temple of Amun, New Kingdom, c.1320-1200 BC (photo), Egyptian 19th Dynasty (c.1292-1187 BC) / Egyptian, Karnak Temple, Karnak, Egypt, Height: 15 cms, © Bridgeman Images

The Temple of Karnak

The Karnak temple complex is located in Luxor, Egypt, it comprises of decayed chapels, temples and pylons. The complex is believed to be the second most visited historical site in Egypt just behind the Giza Pyramids near Cairo. 

Image of Egyptian antiquite: view of the temple of Karnak. Egypt, © Photo Josse / Bridgeman Images

The Temple of Horus 

The Temple of Horus is one of the best preserved ancient monuments in Egypt and it was built between 237 BC and 57 BC. Horus was the vengeful son of Osiris and Isis, later known as the falcon god, Horus of Behdet!

Image of Edfu, Temple of Horus: Court and pylon seen from the roof, Egyptian School / Egyptian, 1938-1943 (C20th), Photo © Andrea Jemolo / Bridgeman Images

Abu Simbel Temple

The Abu Simbel Temple is located in Upper Egypt, in the village of Abu Simbel, near the border with Sudan. The temple was constructed under Ramesses II who embarked on an extensive building program throughout Nubia and Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians highly valued the area of Nubia as it was a source of expensive trade goods and luxurious gold. 

Image of Abu Simbel temple complex (photo), Nubia, Egypt, photograph © Peter Phipp/Travelshots / Bridgeman Images

The Temple of Dendera

The Dendera Temple Complex also spelt 'Denderah' is located south east of Dendera, Egypt. The complex covers 40,000 square meters and is located on the banks of the Nile. The Dendera Temple has experienced modification since the era of The Middle Kingdom, right up until the time of the Roman Emperor Trajan. Pharaoh Pepi I built on the site and archaeological evidence exists of a temple in the Eighteenth Dynasty.  

Image of The Temple of Denderah, restored according to the Egyptian Commission (engraving), Illustration for Rameses The Great or Egypt 3300 Years Ago by F De Lanoye (Scribner, 1872), French School, (19th century) / French, Private Collection, © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images

Temple of Luxor 

The Temple of Luxor is located in South Western Egypt. The common techniques of symbolism and illusionism is used within this Ancient Egyptian Structure. 

Image of Temple of Luxor, 1878 (b/w photo), English Photographer, (19th century) / English, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, © Bridgeman Images

The Temple of Hathor

The Temple of Hathor is dedicated to the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor. Hathor was a sky deity, the mother of the sky god Horus and the sun god Ra. Hathor was the sky goddess of fertility, music, sexual love and dancing!

Image of The Temple of Hathor, also known as the "Sistrum Temple", as it was conceived as a giant musical instrument - the sacred sistrum rattle, Columns adorned with the goddess' face Country of Origin: Egypt Culture: Ancient Egyptian Period/ Date: Graeco-Roman period 125 BC - 60 AD Place of Origin: Denderah / NJ Saunders, © Werner Forman Archive / Bridgeman Images

The Temple of Abu Simbel 

Abu Simbel is a site of two temples built by the Egyptian king Ramses II, located in Aswan, southern Egypt. Ramses II was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. He is regarded as the most celebrated pharaoh of the New Kingdom. Four Colossal statues of Ramses II are located at the front of the main temple. 

Image of Interior of the Temple of Aboo Simbel (Abu or Abu Simbel), drawing made on 09/11/1836 in “The Holy Land””, London 1849, Roberts, David (1796-1864) / Scottish, Leonard de Selva, Jesuit Library, Cairo, Egypt, Photo © Leonard de Selva / Bridgeman Images

Temple of Isis 

The Temple of Isis is a Roman temple dedicated to Isis, the Egyptian goddess. This temple is small in size. It was one of the first discoveries during the excavation of Pompeii in 1764. 

Image of Philae: Temple of Isis, Pavillion of Nectanebo I, Egyptian School / Egyptian, Philae, Egypt, 1938-1943 (C20th), Photo © Andrea Jemolo / Bridgeman Images

 

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Sources: 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/luxor-temple-of-hatshepsut-theban-necropolis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel

https://www.britannica.com/place/Abu-Simbel 

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