The Temple Of Queen Hatshepsut
Queen Hatshepsut, the daughter to both Thutmose I and Queen Ahmose, was unlike another daughter or son at that matter. Hatshepsut was the favorite of the children but also had two brothers, who had died prematurely, which left her as an only child. Unfortunately since both her brothers died, it left her to be the only one to take the throne when her father passed away. When her father passed away she eventually became pharaoh after realizing that she made more of the decisions that any of her step brothers. Queen Hatshepsut had now become the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty and also the first female to ever rule Egypt. Hatshepsut ruled for little over 21 years and obviously was the most remarkable woman that ever had influenced Egypt. Hatshepsut was one of the most prolific builders in ancient Egypt, appointing hundreds of construction projects throughout both upper and lower Egypt. After becoming a pharaoh, Hatshepsut took on qualities that male pharaohs did as well, which was dressing and looking more masculine than women could. Eventually Queen Hatshepsut hired the architect, Senmut, who she wanted to have build and put together the temples which she had in mind. She wanted her temple to stand on the western bank of the Nile River also known as western Thebes. After many years it was noticed that Senmut had put together several excellent temples, so he was directed to have special focus on the next one, which would be the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Senmut build her one the best temples early Egypt has seen. He constructed an Obelisk, which is a tapering, four sided shaft of stone, usually monolithic and also having a pyramidal apex. This temple was the design of Hatshepsut herself, but she also had the intention to have it as a funerary temple. A funerary temple was typically a place for burial for a person like Queen Hatshepsut. This temple was said to be one of the largest temples of all time and was also...
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