Egypt: Hatshepsut mortuary temple
Hatshepsut (reign 1479–1458 BC) 18th Dynasty Queen – ‘Foremost of Noble ladies’.
The temple is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari (Arabic ‘The Northern monastery’) on the west bank near the Valley of the Kings. The mortuary temple is dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra and is located next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, which served later as a quarry.
The temple was the site of the massacre 62 tourists, by Islamist extremists that took place on 17 November 1997 – my birthday and by a freakish turn of events I would have been at that spot at that time, were it not for the delay and cancellation of my Cairo – Luxor flight!
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