Dendera Temple Complex
Dendera Temple Complex
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  • Rohit K
    30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely temple
    A remarkably well preserved temple, with many of the colors still visible on the walls, pillars and ceilings. It’s a bit of a drive from Luxor. Try to time your visit to avoid the tour buses going between Luxor and Abydos. We got there early in the afternoon just as a few buses were leaving and gave us about an hour there before a couple of large groups arrived.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • SonomaNut
    Sonoma, California1,151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the 1.5 hour Drive
    If you visit Luxor and have a day, hire a guide to make the round trip. You will learn lots of geography and culture information while driving through rural countryside. The only negative was the lack of trash pickup by anyone. It clogs the waterways and roads. We take community trash pick up services for granted. Your guide explains why and when these structures were built and how there used and cared for today. It’s a hot walk without shade. You could spend many hours but our guide did a fine job in about two hours. Very few tourists made the tour enjoyable and informative.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • must_travel_soon_10
    Mississauga, Canada1,692 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great archeologic find
    This temple was covered with sand and rocks before being discovered, what an impressive find. The temple is amazingly intact, including many of the painted cartouches and artworks. Our river cruise boat docked in Quena, so the ride was short and convenient. Not busy compared to everything in Luxor. The entry to an underground crypt is an additional fee and definitely not worth it. Save the underground exploring for the crypts inthe valley of the kings.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Julie J
    Trustrup, Denmark22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing temple but poorly managed
    Amazing, impressive temple with crypts that holds the famous "light bulb" hieroglyphs and many other fascinating reliefs. It used to house the famous zodiac, but now it has a copy in black. The tower stairway that leads up to the zodiac is also unique. Also the ceiling paintings of Nut are worth noticing. I would give it 5 stars, if it wasnt for the way it is really poorly managed. There are no signs to show tourists around, and they first said the temple was closing at 4, then they said 5 and in the end they closed 4.30. We bought an extra ticket for the crypt, and the ticket seller said it would give us entrance to 3 crypts, but when we found one of the crypts, a "guard" came and followed us. According to a sign there it is not allowed to do any worship "outside of designated areas" (I never found any designated area). When we just closed our eyes for a brief moment while standing the "guard" interrupted and said it was not allowed to meditate. He seemed to want money if we were meditating. When showing us the next two crypts he would only allow us 1 minute each place, and he got angry when we did not want to give him tips. I dont mind paying tips for good service but he really disturbed our visit. Because there were no signs, it was not clear to see which crypts were included in our tickets and which were part of his scam. He went and got another guard with a machine gun who also tried to make us pay under the table to meditate in a crypt. We just wanted to see the crypts that we had tickets to and to close our eyes for a few moments to sense the energy without being disturbed, but that was impossible. Also because there were no signs and because they could not tell the closing time beforehand, we nearly missed the whole upstairs part with the zodiac. It would probably be better to go there with a good guide, but guides that understand and explain about the esoteric side of the temples are hard to find.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 December 2023
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Julie J
Trustrup, Denmark22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing, impressive temple with crypts that holds the famous "light bulb" hieroglyphs and many other fascinating reliefs. It used to house the famous zodiac, but now it has a copy in black. The tower stairway that leads up to the zodiac is also unique. Also the ceiling paintings of Nut are worth noticing.

I would give it 5 stars, if it wasnt for the way it is really poorly managed. There are no signs to show tourists around, and they first said the temple was closing at 4, then they said 5 and in the end they closed 4.30.

We bought an extra ticket for the crypt, and the ticket seller said it would give us entrance to 3 crypts, but when we found one of the crypts, a "guard" came and followed us. According to a sign there it is not allowed to do any worship "outside of designated areas" (I never found any designated area). When we just closed our eyes for a brief moment while standing the "guard" interrupted and said it was not allowed to meditate. He seemed to want money if we were meditating. When showing us the next two crypts he would only allow us 1 minute each place, and he got angry when we did not want to give him tips. I dont mind paying tips for good service but he really disturbed our visit. Because there were no signs, it was not clear to see which crypts were included in our tickets and which were part of his scam. He went and got another guard with a machine gun who also tried to make us pay under the table to meditate in a crypt. We just wanted to see the crypts that we had tickets to and to close our eyes for a few moments to sense the energy without being disturbed, but that was impossible.
Also because there were no signs and because they could not tell the closing time beforehand, we nearly missed the whole upstairs part with the zodiac.

It would probably be better to go there with a good guide, but guides that understand and explain about the esoteric side of the temples are hard to find.
Written 15 December 2023
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must_travel_soon_10
Mississauga, Canada1,692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This temple was covered with sand and rocks before being discovered, what an impressive find. The temple is amazingly intact, including many of the painted cartouches and artworks. Our river cruise boat docked in Quena, so the ride was short and convenient. Not busy compared to everything in
Luxor. The entry to an underground crypt is an additional fee and definitely not worth it. Save the underground exploring for the crypts inthe valley of the kings.
Written 3 November 2023
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SonomaNut
Sonoma, CA1,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If you visit Luxor and have a day, hire a guide to make the round trip. You will learn lots of geography and culture information while driving through rural countryside. The only negative was the lack of trash pickup by anyone. It clogs the waterways and roads. We take community trash pick up services for granted.
Your guide explains why and when these structures were built and how there used and cared for today. It’s a hot walk without shade. You could spend many hours but our guide did a fine job in about two hours. Very few tourists made the tour enjoyable and informative.
Written 29 September 2023
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Bettuz H
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
My tour guide SAYED OMAR was very Knowledgeable and charismatic the temple is beautiful and full of stories.
What can I say I love EGYPT 🇪🇬
Written 30 April 2023
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Rohit K
30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A remarkably well preserved temple, with many of the colors still visible on the walls, pillars and ceilings. It’s a bit of a drive from Luxor. Try to time your visit to avoid the tour buses going between Luxor and Abydos. We got there early in the afternoon just as a few buses were leaving and gave us about an hour there before a couple of large groups arrived.
Written 18 March 2023
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TartanWanderer
England, UK3,977 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This is my favourite site in Egypt. Better than the Pyramids, Cairo Museum etc.

This is so well preserved, so much to see, so few people, so little hassle.

It is a bit of an effort to get to but it is so worth while.

A few tips here and there will get you shown to the less seen corners of the temple. Make sure you have some small banknotes with you. It is appreciated by those who work there.
Written 1 October 2022
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ogerkan
New York City, NY4,742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
A short ride from Qena (where our ship moored) brought us to temple complex at Dendera and the Temple of Hathor. The temple is extremely well preserved and has multiple levels to explore.
Written 3 December 2021
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Phil R
Kansas City, MO555 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
This is a nice temple. You can get to the roof to look around. There is a very interesting subterranean chamber you can get to. There's still a lot of color. On the outside there is a hieroglyph with all of the different crowns used in Egypt
Written 8 July 2021
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Jake K
Vancouver, Canada71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This quiet, not heavily visited site is a marvel of preservation. Known best maybe for its amazing ceiling carvings, still rich in its vivid colours. Also the home of the famous Dendera lightbulb carving, which is in the underground tunnel, access may depend on number of visitors, make sure to ask to see it. Mysterious and enchanting not spoiled by the later influences of Romans and others, one of the highlights of all the sites we visited. We saw it together with Abydos with Reflection Tours who were excellent.
Written 17 February 2020
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TTOverseas
Cairo, Egypt206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The colors and the serenity are the draw here- probably not nearly as far off the beaten trail as it feels. We even enjoyed the road trip from Luxor, as it is nice to get a glimpse of rural Egypt.
Written 20 January 2020
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