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Temple at Deir el Bahri Photograph by David S. Boyer
NGM November 1955

Fit for a king, the elegant mortuary temple at Deir el Bahri was built for a woman: Queen Hatshepsut. First acting as regent for her young stepson Thutmose III, Hatshepsut then claimed the throne jointly with him for 15 years. After her death Thutmose ruled alone—and later defaced her images. The idea of a woman wielding power may have been so unorthodox he wanted to eradicate it.

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