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Pharaoh Hatshepsut's Temple of Deir el-Bahri

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Deir el-Bahri, Hatshepsut's Temple in Egypt

Deir el-Bahri, Hatshepsut's Temple in Egypt

Oscar Dahl

The Deir el-Bahri Temple Complex (often spelled Deir el-Bahari) holds one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, perhaps in the world. Built by the architects of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC, this lovely structure is found in a steep half-circle of cliffs on the west bank of the Nile River, guarding the entrance to the great Valley of the Kings.

Hatshepsut (or Hatshepsowe) ruled for 21 years [about 1473-1458 BC] during the early part of the New Kingdom, before the vastly successful imperialism of her nephew/stepson and successor Thutmose (or Thutmosis) III.

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