Going to Qena along the River Nile in Egypt on a Nile Cruise boat and touring the Temple at Dendarah.
Dendarah is located at Qena near the River Nile in Central Egypt and is around 65km north of Luxor. There are several ways to get there from Luxor namely by coach excursion, private taxi or by Egypt Nile Cruise boat. We chose the Nile cruise ship mainly for the experience of travelling and seeing a different part of The Nile - the
trip is not too expensive if you shope around and should include hotel pick-up and drop-off, the boat trip, a coach to the temple and back plus guided tour and finally a very good
on-board meal and later tea and cakes.
Travelling along the Nile on a cruise boat was a real eye-opener for us since you see clearly the conditions
in which many people are living - mud huts, washing clothes at the river bank and suffering in one particular stretch of the river with awful air quality as there was enormous pollution coming from a disgusting riverside factory. Actually the smoke from the chimney affected perhaps 10 kms of the trip as it masked the sun to make it almost seem like early evening.
You leave the river boat at Qena and then are taken to Dendorah by coach. From the limited amount we could see from the coach Qena seemed a quite modern and pleasant town with trees and nice looking buildings - quite different from scruffy Luxor. Sadly there was no question of being able to get off the coach and have a better look round
since all the coaches were under control of a police convey. Qena has two bridges, one a road bridge and the other for the railway - this is the first crossing opportunity over The Nile for most sized vehicles since Luxor's road bridge.
This series of pictures were taken as we travelled down the River Nile from Luxor to Qena at a steady 19km per hour on our river boat - quite quick because the current was with us. The trip took around 4 hours and was really interesting - seeing the enormous and really varied amount of wildlife sometimes really close up as we
passed mud banks, as well as seeing the way people were living with and using the river itself. The river water looked really mucky and all sorts of things were floating around, from driftwood to dead animals - not the place to take a swim. As we passed riverside fields and small villages the local children often rushed to the edge of the river bank and shouted and waved.
Hathor Temple is said to be the best preserved site in Egypt and is dedicated to the Cow God Hathor. It still retains it's roof which is held up by massive carved
columns. Most of the walls and parts of the ceiling are decorated, carved or painted. You can get into the underground chamber - this involved going down steep steps with very little headroom however very worth while doing.
Roman Birth House
Hathor in her human form with cow's ears
Hathor temple Columns
The walls are covered with drawings
Hathor - headed shrine
Cleopatra and her son Caesarion.
Hathor Sacred Lake
Roman Birth House
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