“IN PHOTOS” is a series I will use to share many of the hundreds of photos I have taken during my travels. It is a series I have thought about for a while now, but did not want to start until I got back home from my trip. However after spending a week in Chefchaouen, Morocco I couldn’t wait any longer. “IN PHOTOS” will not have a set schedule like my “MUSIC MONDAY” or “PHOTO ROUND UP” series. “IN PHOTOS” will be a post with several photos with no limit. The only restriction this series will have is that it must be about a certain subject or theme. I will write a brief paragraph or sentence describing the subject or theme of the photos and then post the photos. I will not caption the photos like I do on my “PHOTO ROUND UP” with my thoughts. I want to use “IN PHOTOS” to share my photos and let you come up with your own thoughts about the images and hope you share them with me. I have also numbered them in case you want to leave a comment about a specific photo.
I walked into the temple and my JAW DROPPED… I was in AWE… I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t believe all the color I was seeing. I hadn’t seen this much color in a temple at all and could only imagine how colorful things must have been during the golden ages, but when I stepped into this temple I didn’t have to imagine because I could still see so much of the color. I have spent over 4 months in Egypt and have seen a huge portion of the temples tourist are allowed to see and this temple is the one you can’t miss if you visit Egypt. So what temple is it you may be wondering? It is the Temple of Hathor at the site of Dendara. It is off the beaten path for sure and sadly the only way tourist can get to it is by hiring a taxi for the day or trying to find a tour that will take you. It’s an amazing day trip from Luxor and if you are going to visit the Temple of Hathor in Dendara be sure to also visit the Temple of Seti I in Abydos.
The Temple of Hathor was built at the very end of the Pharaonic period and is one of the best preserved temples in all of Egypt. The temple still has it’s stone roof, many twisting stairways, columns, and dark chambers all carved with hieroglyphics. What helped preserve the colors of the temples was the black soot that built up on the ancient colors over the course of 100s of years and was recently carefully cleaned and exposed for us to witness. Though the temple is famous for it’s preservation and color it is also famous for a few reliefs that have drawn a lot of curiosity and attention. The temple is home to the famous Dendara Lights which are reliefs that some say depict Ancient Egyptian electrical technology, because they look like modern day light bulbs. The following 20 photos are photos of the Temple of Hathor with minimal changes. I normally like making some of the colors in my photos pop out more, but for these I only sharpened them to show the detail. I know they don’t look bright, but that is exactly how they look in the temple and I didn’t want to change that. After seeing many temples with out color or very light color you will really appreciate these. I hope if any of you visit Egypt you make an effort to visit this temple because it is seriously the best.
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