Thursday, 11 August 2022

An Egyptian Temple Garden

 

Hamilton Gardens are noted for their various themed gardens, and a new one opened last May.  Today I had my first opportunity of visiting it.




The Egyptian Temple Garden of 4000 years ago was a place that celebrated the meeting of this world, the heavens, and the underworld.  Only priests and royal persons were allowed to enter, and it was, of course, much much bigger than what is represented here.




So much attention has been paid to getting the details correct that the place was measured in the ancient Egyptian system of cubits.  The garden director visited Egypt to meet with experts in antiquities to make the garden as authentic as possible.




Possibly the most surprising part of the garden is the brilliant colours.  In many old tombs in Egypt the colour has now faded, but chemical analysis reveals how vibrant the colours used really were.




Our themed gardens make an awesome place to wander around, and there were quite a few people out and about today (I was quite pleased with myself for avoiding photographing any of them!).

Margaret 😊

 

20 comments:

  1. Enjoyed looking at your photos. I look forward to visiting the wonderful Hamilton Gardens again on a future trip.

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  2. That is truly amazing - a must see that I will put on my 'returning home' list. Also impressed by that escarpment photo on your new header. xxx F (and Mr T)

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    1. The themed gardens are really worth visiting. I think you would enjoy them.

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  3. The pharaohs could never have grasped that their grandeur would be reflected in New Zealand - in fact back then they didn't know that New Zealand existed.

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  4. What a great place to explore. You did well to avoid others in the photos! Take care, Margaret.

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  5. Quite the interesting place. Some of the structures they had on Egypt back in the day were incredible!

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  6. In some of the tombs in Egypt the colours are not faded and they are spectacularly vibrant. How wonderful the Temples must have looked in their heyday.

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    1. Wow, going into one of those tombs would be so awesome.

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  7. Wow! That is really wonderful!

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  8. The Egyptian Temple Garden is amazing! It's the kind of place you want to go back to and wander around again and again. I like the colourful drawings.

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  9. I am trying to figure out what the round, yellow circular things are in the paintings on the wall.

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  10. I haven't managed to get around the whole place, we only visited one portion of it a few years ago.

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  11. Wow! Fantastic and nice to find a calm place :)
    Love from Titti

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  12. Thank you for this site seeing trip Margaret. I think a family holiday in Hamilton would be a very good idea.

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  13. I would love to visit this place...or any garden for that matter.

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