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Denderah and its Hathor temple

Egypt, a country with an unparalleled wealth of history, where every grain of sand seems to have a story to tell. And among these many stories, those of Denderah and Luxor are particularly fascinating. Their temples, monuments and unique atmosphere attract thousands of visitors every year.

But how do you organise a successful excursion from Denderah to the outskirts of Luxor? And how much will it cost? We’ve put together all the information you need to help you plan your adventure.

The must-sees at Denderah and its temple of Hathor

Your day trip will probably start from Luxor and head north to Denderah. Your final destination will be Denderah’s temple, the Temple of Hathor. This is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Its magnificent frescoes and mysterious crypt will transport you back in time.

Undertaking a day trip to Dendera requires a minimum of preparation. Your trip will essentially be determined by the size of your group and the time you wish to devote to each visit, so it is advisable to plan your route carefully.

Here’s what you can do around the Temple of Hathor:

Visit the interior of the Temple: This is the ultimate goal of all visitors to Denderah. The Temple is one of the best-preserved religious structures in ancient Egypt. It was built in honour of the goddess Hathor, the goddess of love, beauty and music. You can explore the richly decorated halls, hieroglyphically decorated columns and detailed bas-reliefs.

Hieroglyphs inside the Temple of Hathor
Hieroglyphs inside the Temple of Hathor

Admire the architecture and hieroglyphs: The temple is famous for its well-preserved architecture, with columns shaped like cow heads, a symbol of Hathor. You can also see the hieroglyphs and inscriptions that tell stories and legends of ancient Egypt.

Climb to the roof of the temple: If possible, climb to the roof of the temple, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area and admire the intricate designs on the ceiling.

Explore the ancillary buildings: As well as the main temple, there are other buildings and structures on the site, including chapels, purification rooms, storage rooms and a large sacred lake. Explore these areas to get a fuller picture of religious life in ancient Egypt.

Learn about the history and significance: It can be useful to visit the site with a tour guide or obtain a printed guide to learn more about the history and cultural significance of the temple.

It’s also important to consider the climatic conditions. Egypt is notorious for its high temperatures, especially in summer. So remember to protect yourself from the sun and keep regularly hydrated.

Abydos: A recommended diversions

If you have a little time to spare, we highly recommend a diversion to Abydos. This city is best known for its temple dedicated to Osiris, the god of the afterlife. The temple at Abydos is one of the oldest and most important in ancient Egypt. Visiting it is like plunging into Egyptian history and mythology.