Cleopatra loved to bathe in a vast stone swimming pool outside the Hathor Temple in Denderah, Egypt.
Built between 125 BC and 60 AD, the temple was dedicated to the goddess of love and joy.
On an outside temple wall, you can see a large bas relief of Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, and her son Caesarian by Caesar.
Stairs lead down from the temple to an underground crypt.
When we visited the temple in the evening on a Nile River cruise, we had to crawl on our hands and knees through a narrow corridor to enter the crypt, which stored amphoras of perfumed oil for religious ceremonies.
Looking up at the soaring columns in the Hypostyle Hall in the Hathor Temple, you can see the four-sided capitals (or uppermost part of a column), carved with the face of Hathor, the cow-eared goddess.
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