Hatshepsut Temple – Scene of the Crime in 1997

Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor is the scene of the murder crime in November 1997 when terrorists killed 62 people (most of them tourists). The temple is one of the ancient monuments that spread across the ancient capital in the southeastern part of Egypt.

Nowadays, it’s one of the most-visited tourist attractions on the West Bank of the Nile River. Perhaps, out of the hundreds of tourists that visit this archaeological site every day, only very few know its gruesome past. Our tour guide didn’t mention it but when I asked him about it, he seemed agitated and responded curtly, “This place is safe now.” That doesn’t really answer the question, right? My badness for being rude? 😀

I didn’t come here to see the crime scene but I was intrigued about the Hatshepsut, the Queen Pharaoh.

Travel Tip:
Visit here in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat. Surrounded by limestone mountains and cliffs, this place is going to make you feel like being baked in an oven.

Hatshepsut Temple is nestled at the foot of Deir El Bahri, one of the hottest places in the world!

Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).
Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).

It is not far from the Valley of the Kings where most Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were buried.

Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.
Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.

It is where Hatshepsut, the “world’s first known great woman in history” is buried.

Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).
Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).

These Osirian statues of Hatshepsut are part of the columns that support the temple’s structure.

Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.
Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.

Before Cleopatra, Empress Cici Dowager, or Queen Elizabeth – there was Hatshepsut.

Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).
Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).

Since her ascent to the throne was widely controversial, she ordered that paintings and statues of her must be portrayed as male, complete with large muscles and a beard.

Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.
Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.

The Queen Pharaoh ruled ancient Egypt for almost 22 years.

Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).
Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).

Today, the temple doesn’t look ancient as we all hoped it would be.

Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.
Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.

Most of the structures here are already reconstructed – and the ruins are spread all over.

Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).
Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).

However, Hatshepsut Temple is still an impressive monument that beautifully blends with the limestone cliff behind/above it.

Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.
Luxor (West Bank, Nile River) in Egypt.

Most of the surviving murals are found on the ground floor, right side of the temple.

Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).
Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor (West Bank, Nile River).

But beware, there’s a guard here who would smile at you, point to the murals and collect money later. Don’t be fooled. Tell him your money is in the bus. 😀

How to Save Money and Time in Luxor

Luxor is an ancient city you have to explore and walk through while learning its history. Taking public transport in Luxor to tourist attractions will take you ages, so forget about it. I recommend that taking a tour saves you so much time.

KeepCalmAndWander

A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.

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  • In 2001 when we were in Egypt, we visited the Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor and at that time there were 62 crosses where the murder of the mostly German tourists occurred in 1997.

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