Dendera Temple Complex
Dendera Temple Complex
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Built in the 1st century BC by Ptolemy 8th and Queen Cleopatra 2nd, this ancient temple is one of the most intact in Egypt.
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  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,755 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Replica of a Zodiac of Dendera
    The Dendera Temple is one of Egypt's best preserved temple complexes.It is a massive complex dated 4th century BC but may have been 2250 BC. The main temple is Hathor with its Ptolemaic Art. There is also the Dendera Zodiac from the Greco Roman period that maps the ancient sky.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • TripRabbit
    Virginia444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remarkably well-preserved — and without the crowds
    If you have any way to devote time to visit Dendera while you stay In Luxor, make sure to do so (and if possible combine it with Abydos). The drive to Dendera alone will take you 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way, but it is so worth it. The colors and overall state of preservation are truly remarkable, as close as you can find anywhere to what these archaeological and historic treasurers would have looked like thousands of years ago. Compared to Luxor and Giza, you will be able to experience these extraordinary archaeological treasurers in relative solitude — you will likely not be alone, of course, but the number of visitors is markedly lower. Highly recommended.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Ahmed S
    Port Said, Egypt22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    the best temple for me
    "The temple is located in Qena city, which is approximately 2 hours away from Luxor by bus or train. this temple is quiet and peaceful, with less crowd. Additionally, the temple still has its original colors on the walls, making it a perfect place for photography."
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 May 2024
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DQShaw
York, ME1,318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Located on the west bank of the Nile River on the edge of the desert, this massive complex dates back to the mid-rth century BC. Many examples of Ptolemaic Egyptian art adorning its chambers. We went with a group and a egyptoligist for a guide. That helped us understand what we were seeing.
Written 24 March 2020
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Dendera Temple is considered the best preserved. The ceiling in the large Hypostyle Hall is in great shape indeed. Walk to the rear wall to see the bas-relief of Cleopatra and Caesarion and while there you can pick up a few pottery shards for souvenirs from the pile of ancient rubble.
Written 10 November 2021
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Malay M
New Delhi, Delhi, India159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Cult temple of Hathor at Dendara, enjoying an unbelievably exceptional state of preservation, is a visual treat of highest order. If the profusion and quality of wall reliefs is not enough to enthrall, there is polychromatic decoration in vibrant shades of Blue, making its somewhat difficult to believe that all this happened around 2000 years back. The array of graphic narratives adorning the walls and ceilings are just impeccable. Don't miss this painted ceilings and the Zodiac (original now in Louvre)
Written 7 January 2023
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swisstraveller
Berne665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
What an amazing temple ! The location is great, and it doesnt get many visitors, which is another plus. This temple dedicated to Hathor, is not that old (from the Ptolemaic time), but very beautiful. Amazing reliefs and colours. Much is about astrology, the calendar, the zodiac etc. So its really worth visiting with a competent guide, so that you can get good explanations about what you see.

Beware: even though the temple is only 60km north of Luxor, it takes 1.5 hours to get there by car.
Written 23 October 2022
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Ahmed S
Port Said, Egypt22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
"The temple is located in Qena city, which is approximately 2 hours away from Luxor by bus or train. this temple is quiet and peaceful, with less crowd. Additionally, the temple still has its original colors on the walls, making it a perfect place for photography."
Written 10 May 2024
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TTOverseas
Cairo, Egypt203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Dendara has the vibe of the quiet off-the-path Luxor locations (Seti 1 Temple...), but is extremely well preserved. The colors are really impressive and the corridors (up and down into the crypt) really kept our kids interested. Definately wrth the hour + trip from our hotel in Luxor. Being able to plan it ourselves had the added bonus of our arriving without any tour buses at all and only a single other family. Avoiding the tour buses has become an obsession of ours!

We even enjoyed the ride up from Luxor. It is nice to see the "real" rural Egypt, even if its just a glipmse. We live in Cairo and had come to believe the whole country was covered with trash, but not so. It is sugar cane harvesting, so kinda neat to see the little trains pulling the many cars full or sugar cane. Overall, one of the highlights of our trip to Luxor- probably not far off the beaten track, but certainly felt like it.
Written 20 January 2020
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Dendera Temple is one of Egypt's best preserved temple complexes.It is a massive complex dated 4th century BC but may have been 2250 BC. The main temple is Hathor with its Ptolemaic Art. There is also the Dendera Zodiac from the Greco Roman period that maps the ancient sky.
Written 2 October 2023
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TripRabbit
Virginia444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you have any way to devote time to visit Dendera while you stay In Luxor, make sure to do so (and if possible combine it with Abydos). The drive to Dendera alone will take you 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way, but it is so worth it. The colors and overall state of preservation are truly remarkable, as close as you can find anywhere to what these archaeological and historic treasurers would have looked like thousands of years ago. Compared to Luxor and Giza, you will be able to experience these extraordinary archaeological treasurers in relative solitude — you will likely not be alone, of course, but the number of visitors is markedly lower. Highly recommended.
Written 14 February 2024
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Carron M
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Don't go here. Not because of the temple. The temple is a nicely preserved one apart from the fact that the "Christians destroyed all the faces of the gods" with chisels. While this is likely true I think the muslims also did a good job on this as most of the temples in Egypt have been similarly defaced by successive generations.
There is also a small temple behind the main one with gorgeous, undamaged, carved reliefs, you can peek through the door at it.
When we tried to leave the carpark the police, armed with semi-automatics, refused to let our car, or several other cars, leave. They made ridiculous excuses but it turned out they were after money. The taxi drivers and hired cars do not pay, and should not.
Apparently this is common at this temple and at Abydos and the many road blocks in between.
I don't appreciate being held up at gunpoint.
Only by threatening to report this on trip advisor would they let us leave.
If people avoid this place maybe it will stop this problem. There are plenty of other equally wonderful places to go in Egypt and we didn't have this problem elsewhere. It did sour my view of Egypt as the citizens are very friendly, helpful people suffering under this corrupt system. It would be better if they taxed tourists, and paid the police a decent wage with the money.
Written 8 April 2019
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Damian94
Bridgwater, UK494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
You can see hieroglyphs in perfect condition in their original colors! A few L.E. tip you can go to treasure cellar. Very quied temple! Before recesion 3000 tourists per day - now less than 100!!!
Written 6 December 2015
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