Erich Lessing

Fit for a queen, the funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri was built by Egypt’s first female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. Often depicted as a bearded man, Hatshepsut ruled Egypt for about 20 years in the 15th century B.C.E. On the walls of the temple, reliefs record an expedition she commissioned to the land of Punt, a now unknown place that the Egyptians called God’s Land because it was so rich in natural resources.