The Blue Temple (Dandara Temple)
The Dandara Temple is located on the western shore of the Nile and was built to worship the goddess Hathor, the goddess of love, beauty, and family, among the ancient Egyptians.
The Dandara Temple dates back to the Greco-Roman era, built by King Ptolemy III of sandstone, and many Roman emperors added to it. The process of building the new temple continued for about 200 years.
– The temple is characterized by a unique architectural art rich in paintings and engravings. There are hieroglyphics writings on its walls, and the walls and columns are covered with precisely engraved and beautiful statues—the gods as followed by the ancient Egyptians.
– Also, the temple is distinguished by its astronomical views that decorate the bishops of that
(It is considered a creative masterpiece that attracts the tourists ’poetry, as it is one of the most prominent architectural masterpieces in the history of ancient Egypt.) The upper roof can be reached by stairs decorated with views of the priesthood procession as they climb onto the stairs carrying the” Hathor “statues in wonderful pharaonic inscriptions.
– Dandara Temple is surrounded by a large external brick wall, a shrine belonging to the family 11, the maternity house of the family 30, the Ptolemaic shrine, the temple of Isis from the August era, the Great Temple of Hathor from the late Ptolemaic period to the beginning of the Roman era, the maternity house from the Roman era, a sacred lake, and its boat enclosure near the lake And sanatorium.
The facade of the Temple of Hathor is one of the finest ancient pharaonic facades of the temples, with a width of 35 meters and a height of 12.5 meters. The front of the temple is topped by impressive monumental columns, the top of which is crowned with drawings of the heads of the god Hathor, as well as the second temple of divine birth, which was built during the era of August and which contains a prominent inscription, embodying a gate A mock reaches the other world, topped with three winged sun discs, then a row of cobra snakes crowned with sun discs. The number of columns bearing the ceiling of the temple hall is 24 columns, and many other temples are from the inside. A group of rooms surrounds these columns to make offerings.
The catacombs of the Temple of Dandara are considered to be the place designated for the celebration of festivals in ancient Egypt, from which statues of golden deities and ritual tools for religious rituals are exited from it, and the precious statues and valuable tools inside it.
The temple contains an important group of reliefs and scenery, including the sight of the opening of the stone door and my winged armour, which pushes the disk of the sun invaded in front of it between the signs of East and West, and the ritual of baking bread for the goddess Hathor, Lady Dandara.