'Dendera Temple seen from its enclosure wall.'
An early winter sun rises above the grounds of the Hathor Temple at Dendera, here seen from its enclosure wall. In front of the actual temple lies the rectangular basin of the sacred lake, from the bottom of which rises a grove of palms.
The enclosure wall was built of sun-dried mud-brick and was several metres thick. After the heyday of the temple, villagers built their simple houses on the wall, deeming it a safe, protectable location. The ruined results of their activities can be seen in the foreground of the picture. The temple itself dates from the first century BC and the first century AD. Photo Paul Smit.