Almost every tourist traveling to Egypt will name Pyramids, Sphinx, Luxor, Valley of the Kings or Moses Mountain as the main attractions of the land of the Pharaohs.
Of course, those places for sure are worth a visit, and it’s good to see them with your own eyes, but you have to keep in mind, that the greatest treasures can be hidden in the suburbs of the industrial cities, far from regular tourist routes and the popular Red Sea region.
By accident, I have heard the mysterious name “Dendera” and I started to think about it more and more. On the spot I discovered incredible temple built for the ancient goddess of joy and love – Hathor. And in my opinion, it exceeds Pyramids and all other places mentioned above by its beauty! It should be Egypt’s number one!
If you ever dreamed to see with your own eyes the colorful world of the Pharaohs, and visit in Luxor or Abu Simbel just sharpened your appetite for learning about the secrets of the past of this fabulous country, you should visit this place!
1. Availability! Just a few kilometers from the city center of Qena (passed daily by the hundreds of busses taking tourists to Luxor) can be found archeological complex of Dendera. On its territory can be found not only temple of Hathor, but also ceremonial saint lake and the ruins of the early Christian church.
2. Architecture! Structure built in Ptolemaic period is one of the best examples of the art from that time. Both, a room decorated with monumental pillars, and the interior of the sanctuary was covered with countless number of reliefs and frescoes telling the story of the gods, believes but also the rulers.
3. Atmosphere! Lack of thousands of tourists, whose breath you can feel always on your shoulder. Possibility of leisurely admiring of all chambers of the complex and incredible amount of effort put into the decoration of every free space of the temple definitely is an advantage of this place. Just sometimes voices heard from other rooms remind you, that you are not alone there.