Pick up from your Hotel in Luxor by our Egyptologist Tour Guide then start your trip by our air-conditioned vehicle to Dendera dedicated to Goddess Hathor. The actual temple dates back to 125 B.C completed during Roman times, although there are texts which refer to earlier shrines on the site from the Old Kingdom onward, it is unique because the roof is still intact and visitors can admire the beautiful ceiling divided into 7 bands of well-preserved astronomical figures featuring the goddess Nut, vultures and winged sun-discs and the Roman signs of the Zodiac. Not only that but this temple has the only relief which represented Queen Cleopatra VII and her son Caesarion.
Lunch in a local restaurant, and Continue to Abydos, there you visit the temple of Seti I, the largest of the extant Abydos temples, built of limestone and sandstone blocks to an unusual L-shaped plan, it has seven sanctuaries instead of the usual one (or three). This temple was built during Dynasty XIX by Seti I, but the decoration of the courtyards and first hypostyle hall was completed by his son Ramses II. On one of the corridors, you see the famous scene of Seti I and his young son Ramses offer to a list of cartouches of 76 kings. Seti holds a censor while Ramses reads from a papyrus scroll. The cartouches begin with the king Menes of Dynasty I and end with Seti I and are obviously carefully selected to be those which the king considered his legitimate ancestors. Some rulers omitted include Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, Smenkhare, Tutankhamun and Ay. After the visit, you will go back to Luxor.
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