The Dendera Temple Complex was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen!! This temple was built around 54 BC, and it shows signs of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman influence.

The temple was dedicated to Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love and fertility. You can see her face all over the temple! You can tell it’s her by the shape of her ears. They kind of look like they belong to an alien, but in fact, they are cow ears! You can also see where her face was removed from the capital of some of the columns. That would have been done by previous religious groups that did not want effigies of false gods in their space.

Throughout its existence, Dendera has housed a large number of different types of peoples. Religious groups bedouins alike sought shelter under her roof. The ceiling of this structure was probably the most amazing part of the entire place. Over 2,000 years of desert sand, soot from fires, and natural wear and tear, the ceiling became caked in thick black soot. Archaeologists took years of painstaking time to remove the grime to show the ceiling’s original colors. That blue is the same paint used over 2,000 years ago. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?! I remember lying on the stone floor, staring up at it for about 10 minutes.

As a historian, Egypt is one of those magical places that we grow up learning about and deeply admiring. I am so thankful to have visited, and I hope (and plan) to return there one day!!

Where is the first place you want to visit when everything goes back to “normal?”

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