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Temple of the Goddess Hathor at Dendera

The site has had a long history of occupation since the earliest dynasties. The temple of Hathor, goddess of love, music, fertility and sensuality is very well preserved. Particularly impressive are the high massive columns with capitals in the form of Hathor faces. Two staircases with reliefs of priests mounting and descending in procession lead to the roof where chapels where constructed. The ceiling of one of the chapels has the famous large zodiac circle. The ceiling of another chapel depicts the beautiful sky-goddess Nut eating the sun at night and giving birth to the sun in the morning. Within the brick enclosure wall of the complex, a square depression with abundant vegetation indicates the site of the sacred lake of the temple.