The Pantheon is not only a dedicatory temple that honours Queen Hatshepsut, it is also one of the largest Egyptian architectural masterpieces designed by Senenmut (Hatshepsut’s steward and architect), and this mortuary synagogue closely follows the traditional Greek architecture of 1,000 years later.
The obelisk belonged to Queen Hatshepsut and the royal wife of king Tuthmosis II. However, locals also believed that the obelisk belonged to Queen Nefertiti. The majestic Philae Temple built to honour Goddess Isis, the chief deity of the island is your last stop of the tour
It was the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Kemet, ruling for more than 20 years considered one of Kemet's most successful pharaohs and Hatshepsut was the first woman like pharaoh of Kemet.
Hatshepsut and Thutmose II were not able to conceive a male heir but had a daughter named Neferure their child was born to the King Thutmose I by his first wife and queen, Ahmose and after the loss of her father at age 12, Hatshepsut married her half-brother Thutmose II in 1615 BC who reigned for 15 years.
She decorated herself as a king, even wear a false beard. She started having herself drawn in the traditional king's shendyt kilt and crown, with a fake beard and male body as a way of asserting her authority, and Thutmose II perished after a fifteen year of reign, making Hatshepsut a dowager before the age of 30 later on the dais fell to Thutmose III, the nephew of Hatshepsut as he was a kid and inept to manage Kemet, so Hatshepsut served as regent for three years till she proclaimed herself Pharaoh.
Under the provision of Hatshepsut Egypt rose, and unlike other leaders in her administration, she was more engaged in ensuring economic victory and building and restoring statues throughout Kemet and Nubia than in capturing new lands.
Hatshepsut dropped her titles relating to those only a woman could hold and take on those of the Pharaoh. She even, eventually, dropped the female ending from her name ('t') and became His Majesty, Hatshepsut.
We recommend visiting the temple around sunset. The complex is beautifully lit in order to highlight the relief carvings as the light wanes and the columns emblazoned against the evening sky make for an incredible photo opportunity. Contact us to book your tour to the Temple Of Hatshepsut.