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Dendera

The Temple of Hathor follows the fairly typical plan of other temples from the Graeco-Roman Period. It is among the most extensive and best preserved of these remaining temples due to its late construction although there are texts which refer to earlier shrines on the site from the Old Kingdom onwards. It is dedicated to the goddess Hathor and her mythology relating to her consort Horus of Edfu. Beneath the floors of the cult chambers there were 14 crypts which stored the treasures of the temple. 11 of these were decorated and painted and it is presumed that some of the most secret rituals of the goddess were associated with these small chambers. The most important cult object stored in the crypts was an icon of the ba of Hathor which was taken in its shrine to the roof of the temple at each New Year's festival. One of the crypts is at present accessible.
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