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Denderah

Country
Egypt
State
Muhafazat Qina
City
Denderah
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By taxi

Service taxis can be hired in Luxor for the round trip - expect to pay about LE 140-160 - and to travel in a police convoy (which can mean some delays....)

By boat

A number of Luxor hotels, such as the Novotel, organise day excursions to Dendera by coach or Nile cruiser (lunch usually included, journey there and back takes most of one full day, with a short visit only at the actual temple).

By train

Train travel from Luxor is between 50 min and 1 hr on the fast trains.

Key places to visit
Temple of Hathor, Temple of Dendera


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Places to Visit

Temple of Hathor

Dotted about the landscape of modern Egypt are many ancient temples from the Mediterranean coast all the way to the southern border with the Sudan, most located in the Nile Valley but scattered elsewhere as well. Some of these temples are famous and stand out from the others, such the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, Philae, Kom Ombo, Esna, Edfu and others. Among these most important temples may also be counted Dendera, which provides examples of a particularly rich variety of later temple features.

Temple of Dendera

The approach path to the temple is between two Roman fountains that end at the massive entry gate.The enclosure walls are mud-brick and date to the Roman era. Within the walls are the temple, two birth houses, a Coptic Basilica, a sanitorium, a sacred lake, and a temple to Isis. The temple has a long history. There is evidence that Pepi I (Old Kingdom) rebuilt the temple while other texts refer to reconditioning by Thutmose III, Amenhotep III and Ramesses II and III (of the New Kingdom). Additions were made during the Greek, Roman and Ptolemy periods.

Right Time to Visit

January - April
October - December

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