The temples of Deir el-Medina

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.

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 temple of Amun was built by
Ramesses II (1279-1212 BC) …

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..

Little remains of the temple of
Amenhotep I
 (1551-1524 BC)
and his mother Ahmose

Author: DonFletcher