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Pick up time from your hotel in Soma bay, Then Drive to Dendera temple
The Distance 220 K.m
Soma bay- Safaga 60 K.m
Safaga -Dendera 160
With a break in the desert
Arrive at Dendera at 08: 30, You will be accompanied by Egyptologist tour guide, He will explain the history of the temple
The Temple of Hathor was largely constructed during the Late Ptolemaic period, specifically during the reign of Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra VII. Later additions were made during the Roman period. Although built by a dynasty of rulers who were not native Egyptians themselves, the design of this temple has been found to be in accordance to that of other classical Egyptian temples, with the exception of the front of the hypostyle hall, which, according to an inscription above the entrance, was constructed by the Emperor Tiberius.
Apart from these, there are also scenes in the temple complex portraying the Ptolemaic rulers. For example, carved onto the external face of one of the temple walls is a huge relief of Cleopatra VII and her son by Julius Caesar and co-ruler, Ptolemy XV (better known as Caesarion). The two Ptolemaic rulers are shown dressed in Egyptian garb, and offering sacrifices.
Hathor was also regarded as a goddess of healing, and this is evident in the presence of a sanatorium in the temple complex. Here, pilgrims would come to be cured by the goddess. Sacred water (which was made holy by having it poured onto statues inscribed with sacred texts) was used for bathing, unguents were dispensed by the priests of Hathor, and sleeping quarters were provided for those hoping that the goddess would appear in their dreams, and so aid them.
The Dendera temple was dedicated to the goddess Hathor, the goddess of joy, beauty, maternal qualities and love. In the days of Greece and the Ptolemies, Hathor was equated with Aphrodite, and among the Romans – with Vernus.
In the temple you will visit the Holy Lake (Ancient Egypt), the Ruins of the Sanatorium, the Birth House (Mammisi) and the Sculptures with Cleopatra and her son Nero Caesar. Your guide will also show you beautiful astronomical images on the ceiling and mysterious reliefs in the crypt of the temple.
The famous wall relief depicting Cleopatra VII and her son, whose father was Julius Caesar, provides a breathtaking view of the meeting of great civilizations. Other images of Roman emperors make this a sign of antiquity.
On this individually guided Dendera Half-Day Tour, you will learn a lot about the Dendera light bulbs, the first calendar in human history, the Dendera zodiac, and much more about the history of astronomy.
The Dendera Temple was a center for astronomical research in ancient times.
At about 11:00, after an interesting cultural excursion full of emotions, we leave the Dendera temple and drive back towards Soma bay
On a half day Dendera tour, you will see, learn and be amazed.
You will be returned to your hotel