The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

We travelled before dawn to Deir el-Bhari the place of the great mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The monument was of incomparable beauty, delicate clean line made up the structure of the temple. The feeling of it was feminine yet unrelenting. At first light, the temple lit up, and simmered in colour soaking up the rays of the sun. As the sun rose the colour of the temple became more intense and emitted a golden orange hue. In its height, surrounding the front of the temple was a garden, with trees of myrrh. The temple represented the power and splendor of Queen Hatshepsut rule, she was the most power woman in the world. She was able to transport trees from across the deserts.

The temple was designed by the chief Architect Senemut rumoured lover of Hatshepsut. It seemed to be so, as the temple’s design was delicate and intimate. The delicate column lines in perfect harmony with the structure. The three tiered structure gentling ascending to the backdrop of cliffs, with temple soaking up the golden sun. It seemed like a declaration of love from the Architect Senemut to his Queen Hatshepsut. A love for the queen that could only be declared and united in eternity.

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