Dendera Temple Complex
Dendera Temple Complex
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Built in the 1st century BC by Ptolemy 8th and Queen Cleopatra 2nd, this ancient temple is one of the most intact in Egypt.
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We travelled with Abdalla Hashem of Memphis Tours on a day trip from Luxor to Dendera and Abydos. It is about an hour and a half to Dendera, another hour and a half to two hours to Abydos (you go through the town which slows things down even more) and about 2 and a half hours back to Luxor via the main highway so there is a lot of driving. Both temples are worth visiting but this review will concentrate on the Dendera temple. My research had suggested that this was the most beautiful temple in Egypt to visit and I think it was. I really liked the others but this one had multiple rooms, hallways and hypostyle halls, all with wonderful reliefs, many with colour and some wonderful "explorer" moments.

Dendera is the Greco-Roman sister temple to that at Edfu. Dendera represented Hathor and Edfu Horus and they held festivals when they came together. The complex is surrounded by mudbrick walls with various buildings (Roman birth house, Coptic church, Nectanbebo's birth house and another chapel) but the compact Temple of Hathor is the main attraction. The outside walls of the temple is complete and decorated with many sunken reliefs and lion-headed rain spouts. The façade has six Hathor-headed columns still with blue stipes clearly seen and then you enter into the hypostyle hall completely filled with decorated columns and ceilings with beautiful colourful paintings and sunken reliefs. It then leads into yet another columned space surrounded by a multitude of tall chambers and halls all wonderfully decorated. At one stage we ascended a ladder to another small hall where crawling was necessary to enter (explorer time!). BTW the top of those stairs is a great place to take photos of the higher parts of the halls. We then ascended stairs to the top of the temple and got views over the countryside and access to another well-decorated chamber with a replica zodiac ceiling (the original is in the Louvre).

There is some greenery leading up to the temple from the visitor centre and a small shaded market. It wasn't crowded when we visited. On a side note, a pick up of some freshly sweet potatoes from a road truck oven as we left was a treat!
Written 8 April 2024
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Priestess Sekhmet
Shreveport, LA1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
It was exactly as I imagined. This room was filled with a skylight and stairs that led to a quiet space. I felt as if I'd been there in a past life. Very enchanting experience.
Written 30 March 2024
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TripRabbit
Virginia402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you have any way to devote time to visit Dendera while you stay In Luxor, make sure to do so (and if possible combine it with Abydos). The drive to Dendera alone will take you 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way, but it is so worth it. The colors and overall state of preservation are truly remarkable, as close as you can find anywhere to what these archaeological and historic treasurers would have looked like thousands of years ago. Compared to Luxor and Giza, you will be able to experience these extraordinary archaeological treasurers in relative solitude — you will likely not be alone, of course, but the number of visitors is markedly lower. Highly recommended.
Written 14 February 2024
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Dendera Temple is one of Egypt's best preserved temple complexes.It is a massive complex dated 4th century BC but may have been 2250 BC. The main temple is Hathor with its Ptolemaic Art. There is also the Dendera Zodiac from the Greco Roman period that maps the ancient sky.
Written 2 October 2023
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Misha P
Bide Arm, Canada25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
These temples are not preserved nice. The tourists are seen as cash cows and they (driver and the tour guide also, perhaps, colluding security guards) do everything to get unwarranted and uninvoiced no receipt cash only.
Written 5 May 2023
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Liz Riley
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Extremely interesting temple complex. Great to see original colours still preserved on parts of the interior.
Written 29 April 2023
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Helenjen
Brisbane, Australia849 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
If you are considering a tour to this temple from Luxor.....don't be put off by the long drive, it is definitely worth it....we considered it the best temple we visited in over 2 weeks in Egypt....the expression "templed" out was used once or twice!! The magnificent columns and ceilings, still with amazing colours, thousands of years later.....just incredible. Would also suggest while you're this close to continue on your drive to Abydos....very good also but just not as impressive as Hathor's Temple. As most visitors go to the sites handy to Luxor you will be pleasantly surprised by the lack of crowds and of course this makes it more enjoyable and easier to get the photos you want.
Written 11 April 2023
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Malay M
New Delhi, Delhi, India162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Cult temple of Hathor at Dendara, enjoying an unbelievably exceptional state of preservation, is a visual treat of highest order. If the profusion and quality of wall reliefs is not enough to enthrall, there is polychromatic decoration in vibrant shades of Blue, making its somewhat difficult to believe that all this happened around 2000 years back. The array of graphic narratives adorning the walls and ceilings are just impeccable. Don't miss this painted ceilings and the Zodiac (original now in Louvre)
Written 7 January 2023
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swisstraveller
Berne685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
What an amazing temple ! The location is great, and it doesnt get many visitors, which is another plus. This temple dedicated to Hathor, is not that old (from the Ptolemaic time), but very beautiful. Amazing reliefs and colours. Much is about astrology, the calendar, the zodiac etc. So its really worth visiting with a competent guide, so that you can get good explanations about what you see.

Beware: even though the temple is only 60km north of Luxor, it takes 1.5 hours to get there by car.
Written 23 October 2022
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Lee S
Australia2,589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This temple is just wonderful the outside walls are covered with hieroglyphics & the ceiling & columns still have blue colour.
Written 6 October 2022
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