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Dendera



Dendera
Introduction

1. Court

2. Exterior of temple

3. Columns and ceiling

4. Dark interior

5. Roof with sanctuaries

6. A chubby Cleopatra

7. Sacred lake

8. Roman Birth House

9. Sanatorium

10. Iseum

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DENDERA
Cleopatra's chubby face

Dendera, Egypt


Dendera, Egypt


The back of the temple has an illustration of Cleopatra and her son Caesarion, her son with Caesar. It has become quite famous, both because it is one of few illustrations we have of a woman whose charm and intelligence made her unusually powerful and famous for all times.
But was she beautiful? The image on the rear end of the temple shows a woman of quite ordinary features.



By Tore Kjeilen