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Hatshepsut Temple Reconstructed at Karnak

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hatshepsut(Rob Koopman)LUXOR, EGYPT—A newly reconstructed temple will open at the Karnak Temple Complex at the end of February. The first limestone blocks of the temple, which was dedicated to the Egyptian god Amun-Re, were found scattered in a courtyard at Karnak in the early twentieth century. Other blocks had been reused and were found in different buildings in Karnak and Luxor. The temple is notable because its engraved religious scenes depict Hatshepsut’s political power even before she ascended to the throne.