Luxor Temple - Triple Bark Shrine
Originally uploaded by styler78
Luxor Temple, Luxor, (Upper) Egypt. Having visited this temple, there are many memories. At the time, i didn't know to look out for Hatshepsut. I concentrated on the Obelisk of Ramesses II still standing (one of a pair - the second being gifted to France and now residing in Paris), the remaining statues and random spots, hieroglyphs and the many pigeons which call the temple their home.
The temple itself, which we see today has undergone transformations over the years - both during ancient times and also after the Pharonic period.
When i started this project i noticed that there is a wonderful description and also some terrific information relating to the times of Hatshepsut on the always reliable MaatKaRa Hatshepsut website:
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Dr Karl Leser's work shows us that the Luxor Temple we see today is not the temple that Hatshepsut would have viewed for herself. We have no descriptions by Hatshepsut of Luxor Temple as it was in her day, but the link above shows that her footprints are present.
The photo itself was taken by my wife, Julie and shows the triple bark (barque) shrine of Ramesses II "The Great". It is in this area of the temple, which interests those of us interested in Hatshepsut's influence. We can also see, behind the shrine, the 1st pylon and Obelisk of Ramesses II.