Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Our Egyptian Guide OSMAN gave us an easy way to pronounce this Queens name.
Sort of a Mnemonic device… heyya it worked ;)
After the Alabaster shop we were off to see The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut,
ancient Egypt's longest ruling female pharaoh.
Deir el-Bahri (Arabic دير البحري dayr al-baḥrī, literally meaning, "The Northern
Monastery") is a complex of mortuary temples and tombs located on the west
bank of the Nile, opposite the city of Luxor, Egypt.
Hatshepsut was an 18th-dynasty pharaoh who was one of the handfuls of female
rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs, and
her funerary temple still stands as a tribute to her incredible rise to power.
Our tour today has been really harsh areas. Breathing was difficult in the dessert.
I only enjoyed this Temple from a distance…
At that point I had consumed two bottles of water and was well into draining the
third one.
Even having not gone into the temple the surroundings areas I found to be amazing
and without the crowds…
Born in the 15th century BC, Hatshepsut, daughter of Tuthmose I and Aahmes,
both of royal lineage, was the favorite of their three children. When her two
brothers died, she was in the unique position to gain the throne upon the death of
her father. To have a female pharaoh was unprecedented and probably most
definitely unheard of as well. When Tuthmose I passed away, his son by the
commoner Moutnofrit, Tuthmose II, technically ascended the throne. For the few
years of his reign, however, Hatshepsut seems to have held the reins. From
markings on his mummy, archaeologists believe Tuthmose II had a skin disease,
and he died after ruling only three or four years. Hatshepsut, his half sister and
wife, had produced no offspring with him (her daughter Nefrure was most likely
the daughter of her lover Senmut), although he had sired a son through the
commoner Isis. This son, Tuthmose III, was in line for the throne, but due to his
age Hatshepsut was allowed to reign as queen dowager.

Hatshepsut the Woman Who Was King!

More details Hey, Hey, Hatshepsut!!! Cool Song Mummy Reconstruction OH Many Vendors as we again ran the Gauntlet!!! …at the Temple of Hatshepsut Luxor Egypt
Next post on the river again back to the ship… a sunset and MOONLIGHT


Lilli & Nevada said...

Great photos and history, was it hard to breath because of the heat or the altitude?

DeeMom said...

The heat was for breathing I am sure it was intensified due to that factor

Julie said...

What a wonderful trip Dee.