National Geographic : 1955 Nov
© National Geographic Society 618 Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's Female Pharaoh, Built Her Temple Beneath 1,000-foot Cliffs Often pictured in kingly kilt and beard, this strong-minded woman seized power as regent for her young nephew, Thutmose III. To achieve immortality, Hatshepsut built this immense three-terraced temple. Here the Queen placed countless inscriptions and images of herself in contact with the gods, hoping to leave for all time a record of her piety. Meanwhile, Thutmose hated the domineering aunt who frustrated his ambition. At last succeeding to the throne, the vengeful King sent his soldiers with swinging hammers to destroy her images.