On the way back from Abydos to Luxor, we visited the fantastic Dendera Temple Complex.
The monuments at Dendera are certainly among the finest in entire Egypt. Construction of the large temple complex dedicated to Hathor started in the late Ptolemaic Period (around the 1st century BC). The ancient artwork on the walls and ceiling of the main hall are absolutely outstanding! Furthermore, visitors can climb up onto the roof as well as clamber down into some hidden tunnels underneath the temple. In one of these narrow tunnels, you can find the famous “Dendera Light”.
While most archaeologists agree that the carvings represent parts of Egyptian mythology, some pseudoscientists proposed that they illustrate advanced technology such as electrical lamps. Even though we had already visited a good number of old temples and monuments on our trip, Dendera blew our minds completely! The beauty and outstanding preservation of the place is really exceptional!
After our visit, we returned to Luxor for the night before finally departing from the Nile River Valley and crossing the Eastern Desert to the Red Sea.