Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
The temple is actually orientated to the southeast. However, the ancient Egyptians considered their temples to be symbolically aligned along the four cardinal directions, even when their actual alignment was not exact. Gunther, Michael. "Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Ancient Egypt
Hatshepsut’s statue took 15 years to build and is considered sacred. She chose where it should be. Digital Imaging Project: Art historical images of architecture and sculpture from Prehistoric to Post-modern art. Scanned from slides taken on site by Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton College.
The temple's walls document Hatshepsut's divine conception, her vote of confidence given by her father, her efforts to repair damage inflicted by the Hyksos invaders, the expeditions to Punt and the erection of the colossal obelisks at the temple of Karnak
Although vandalized by Hatshepsut's foes and buried in sand for centuries, the Senmut's masterpiece loses no splendor. It is an incredible expression of the absolute power of a pharaoh, whether woman or man.
It is located across from Thebes.
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