The temples of Deir el-Medina
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The temple complex area of Deir el-Medina is situated at the northern end of the
village. It contains the remains of a number of temples dating from the New Kingdom to
Ptolemaic times. The most prominent one is the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to goddesses
Hathor and Maat. The building itself is small but is one of the best preserved examples
of a temple from that period still standing. It stands within a mud brick enclosure wall.
Its compound embraces the site of several New Kingdom temple structures and small
chapels erected by Deir el-Medina inhabitants.
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The view of the northern side of the
settlement. Within the mud-brick
enclosure wall stands the small
building of the Ptolemaic temple
dedicated to the goddesses Hathor
and Maat (A). The remains of the
temple of Amun and the other
members of the Theban triad (Mut
and Khonsu) stand across the valley
from the Ptolemaic temple enclosure
(B). The site of the temple of
Amenhotep I (C).
The main temple, standing
within  the enclosure wall, was
built and decorated in the 3rd
century BC. The work was started
during the reign of
Ptolemy IV
Philopater and it was continued for
the next 60 years under Ptolemy
VI Philometer and Ptolemy VIII
Euergetes II.
Rock shrine
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The temple of Amun was built by
Ramesses II (1279-1212 BC)
Little remains of the temple of
Amenhotep I
(1551-1524 BC)
and his mother Ahmose Nefertari
The text on this page was written by Lenka Peacock
Photography © Lenka and Andy Peacock