The sun shone on the Sanctum Sanctorum at Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut belonging to a queen in the western bank of the Nile River next to Luxor at Monday’s dawn.

This temple is considered one of the seven wonders in Ancient Egypt.

Shafts of the sun rays shone on the holy compartments of  Hathor, a symbol of love and beauty.

The shining of the sun on that place proves the ability of the ancient Egyptians to bind the astronomical  phenomena and tie them to milestone events in his life.

This day every year the sun rays shine of the compartment of the Sanctum Sanctorum to symbolize releasing light from the pitch darkness.

Dozens of tourists especially those come from Japan and the United States watched the extraordinary event.

Dr. Ahmed Awuad, an Egyptian scholar specialized in observing astronomical phenomena in temples of the Ancient Egyptians, said that philosophy of light is deep-rooted in the conscience of the Ancient Egyptians.

They were keen on constructing their buildings to face the sources of light such as the sun, moon, and stars.

The civilization of Ancient Egypt is full of the rare meteorological phenomena in temples. Those features ascertain that the Ancient Egyptians were pioneers in studying astronomy , engineering, and architecture for five thousand years. The uniqueness of that asserts the geniality of the ancient Egyptian architect who designs that temple which was engraved in stone in the 14th century B.C.

The inner parts of the temple were designed to receive the winter’s sun to shine on the holy compartments on January 6 to celebrate the feast day of Hathor and December 9 every year to commemorate the feast day of Horus, a symbol of highness and the royal legacy in Ancient Egypt.

The Ancient Egyptians celebrated those two feast days and performed rites in the course of wintertime in an atmosphere of joy. Most of the Secrets of meteorology in Ancient Egypt are still in the dark so far.

The Egyptian Society of Development Tourism and Antiquities (ESDTA) chaired by Ayman Abu Zeid seeks to establish a new method of tourism named antiquities meteorology.

A number of temples were consecrated to Hathor in other cities across Ancient Egypt.

Those temples contain distinguished meteorological features so the  (ESDTA) plans to employ these features to activate tourism in Qena Governorate.

Ayman Abu Zied said that meteorological tourism becomes interesting for many tourists around the world. So it should be marketed well and supported by all bodies concerned in tourism. The (ESDTA) plans to document the meteorological phenomena in the Egyptian temples.

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