Divine Birth and Coronation Inscriptions of Hatshepsut

(1473 BCE)

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Both Hatshepsut's coronation and her divine birth were inscribed into the walls of her mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri, near Luxor, Egypt. The pharaohs of the New Kingdom tended to have a tomb (typically subterranean) and a mortuary temple, which were usually separated. Hatshepsut's mortuary temple, named Djeser-Djeseru, or “holy of holies,” is still largely intact and a phenomenal piece of architecture, with columned courts spanning three levels. It remains a standing monument to the magnificence of Hatshepsut, both visually striking and laden with inscriptions attesting...

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Temple of Deir el-Bahri, built in the reign of Hatshepsut (Library of Congress)

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