The Dendera Temple Complex

The Hathor Temple of Dendera

Hathor was a widely worshipped goddess in ancient Egypt, and her cult center was located at the Temple of Dendera, which was one of the most important religious sites in the country.

The Temple of Dendera is an ancient temple complex located in the city of Dendera, on the west bank of the Nile River in Egypt. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Hathor, who was worshipped as the goddess of love, beauty, music, and fertility.

Peristyl Hall of the Hathor Temple in DenderaShe was the ancient Egyptian goddess who was worshipped as the goddess of love, beauty, music, dance, motherhood, and joy. She was often depicted as a woman with cow horns and a sun disk on her head, and sometimes with cow ears and a cow's tail. She was closely associated with the sky, the sun, and the moon.

In ancient Egyptian mythology, Hathor was believed to be the mother of the pharaohs and was seen as a nurturing and protective figure. She was also associated with fertility and was believed to help women during childbirth.

Her worship continued for thousands of years, and she was often syncretized with other goddesses, such as Isis and Nut.

Chapel built by Emperor Trajan in his function as Egyptian Pharao in Dendera

The temple was built during the Ptolemaic period (305-30 BC) and continued to be expanded and renovated by subsequent pharaohs throughout the Roman and Byzantine periods. The most impressive part of the temple is the main temple building, which contains a massive hypostyle hall with 24 columns adorned with intricate hieroglyphic inscriptions and reliefs depicting various scenes from ancient Egyptian mythology.

Colorfull Reliefs in the Dendera Temple Complex

One of the most fascinating features of the Temple of Dendera is the famous Dendera Light, which is a controversial relief that some people believe depicts an ancient form of electric lighting. The relief shows a figure holding a long object that some people interpret as a light bulb, and there are also inscriptions that suggest that the temple was used for some form of scientific or technological experimentation.

The Dendera Light Pre-Astronautics

The Temple of Dendera is a fascinating example of ancient Egyptian architecture and religion, but it is a rather unknown tourist destination for visitors to Egypt. 

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