site of Deir el-Bahari is located on
the western bank of the Nile almost directly
Karnak Temple in Luxor. Sacred to the goddess
Hathor, this bay of cliffs was chosen by
Mentuhotep II, the king who reunited Egypt
chaos of the Second Intermediate Period,
as the site of his mortuary temple and
tomb. At the turn of the 20th century,
Howard Carter discovered a shaft and chamber,
the “Bab el Hosan” in the temple’s
forecourt. In the chamber was a statue
of the king in the red crown, wrapped in
linen, along with some model boats. Within
the mortuary complex were also the tombs
of six royal women; two of the exquisite
limestone sarcophagi from these tombs (those
of Kawit and Aashait) are on display at
the the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
Deir el-Bahari is dominated by the great
temple of the female pharaoh
Hatshepsut. This elegant terraced structure,
one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt,
is decorated with carved reliefs illustrating
some of the great events of Hatshepsut’s
reign. These include the transportation
of obelisks from the quarries in Aswan
to the temple of Amun at Karnak; the queen’s
divine birth (legitimizing her rule through
descent from the god Amun) and her coronation;
and a great trading expedition to Punt.
On the middle levels are chapels for Anubis
and Hathor; above are chapels for Hatshepsut
and her fatherThutmose I, and the sanctuary
pf the god Amun.
el-Bahari played an important role in the
Feast of the Valley,
during which the divine images of Amun
and his family were brought from the
temple at Karnak to visit the west bank.
1 May – Ramadan: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
(Last ticket sold at 6:00 PM.)
Ramadan – 30 April: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Last ticket sold at 4:00 PM.)
Includes admission to the Temple of Hatshepsut.
Egyptian: 2 LE
Egyptian Student: 1 LE
Foreign: 25 LE
Foreign Student: 15 LE
Train: 1 LE
Student rates are available to bearers of a valid student ID from an Egyptian
university or an International Student ID Card (ISIC).
On the West Bank, opposite Luxor.
BY FERRY: From Luxor, take the local ferry
labeled “National Ferryboat” that
runs from the Corniche. Catch a taxi once
you reach the west bank to take you to
BUS: You should be able to rent a minibus
from Luxor; many are run
through hotels or
TAXI: Taxis from Luxor will be more expensive,
but you can ask to go
el bahri from
there, or take the ferry across to the
west bank and catch a taxi from the dock.