Abu Simbel, Facade of the Temple of Hathor

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Carole Raddato
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published on 15 March 2022

The Temple of Hathor or "Small Temple" was constructed during the reign of Ramesses II (c. 1279 - c. 1213 BCE). The Small Temple was dedicated to the goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari, Ramesses' favourite wife. On the facade, six colossi represent Ramesses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari, shown as the Goddess Hathor. Alongside each colossus are small figures in relief depicting the children of the royal couple.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2022, March 15). Abu Simbel, Facade of the Temple of Hathor. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/15450/abu-simbel-facade-of-the-temple-of-hathor/

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Raddato, Carole. "Abu Simbel, Facade of the Temple of Hathor." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 15 Mar 2022. Web. 27 Jun 2022.

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