It is commonly known as Cleopatra's Temple, although it was built 500 years before Cleopatra.
A temple built by Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, is a very interesting story. Although centuries have passed since its formation, people are still fascinated by this structure. This article aims to provide you with all the known facts about it and some pictures too! Here are some of the finest examples from Greek and Roman times.
Visit the best-preserved temple in Egypt. See vivid scenes depicting the Roman Emperor Trajan paying homage to the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor and other mythical reliefs that adorn this beautiful Greco-Roman temple. Dendera is about 60 km north of Luxor on the west bank of the Nile, opposite the modern provincial town of Qena. Called Lunet or Tantere and considered by the ancient Egyptians to be the capital of the 6th Nome in Upper Egypt.
Book a Dendera excursion and enjoy an amazing experience.
Dendera is one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt.
Itinerary of the excursion to Dendera half day
We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning at 6:00 a.m. and drive about 220 km towards Dendera. (Different route from Marsa Alam). Dendera Temple was dedicated to the goddess Hathor, the goddess of joy, beauty, maternal qualities, and love. In Greek and Ptolemaic times, Hathor was equated with Aphrodite, with the Romans with Vernus.
In the temple you can visit the Holy Lake, the sanatorium, the Mamisi, and the only surviving image of the pharaoh Cleopatra. Your guide will also show you beautiful astronomical displays on the ceiling and enigmatic reliefs in the temple's crypt. There is a fascinating insight into the encounter of great civilizations with a famous wall relief of Cleopatra VII and her son, fathered by Julius Caesar. Other depictions of Roman emperors make this a who's who of antiquity. On this self-guided Dendera Half Day excursion, you will explore a great deal about the Dendera lightbulbs, the first human calendar, the Dendera zodiac, and much more about the history of astronomy. Dendera Temple represented an astronomical study center in ancient times
The Return to the hotel
At around 11:00 a.m. after a fascinating cultural excursion full of emotions, we leave Dendera Temple and drive back towards Hurghada. On the "Dendera Half Day" excursion you will see, learn and be amazed. You will be back at your hotel at around 1:00 p.m.