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History: Hatshepsut was one of the most prolific rulers and builders in world history. She commissioned hundreds of construction projects throughout both Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt, many of which still stand.

One of Egypt's first female pharaohs, she re-established the trade networks that had been disrupted during a previous occupation, and helped build the wealth of the 18th Dynasty.

While she was successful in warfare, increasing the size of the Egyptian empire early in her reign, she is generally considered to have ruled over a long era of peace and rekindled international trading relationships. That wealth enabled Hatshepsut to initiate building projects that raised the caliber of Egyptian architecture to a standard that would not be rivaled by any other culture for 1,000 years.

Later pharaohs even attempted to claim some of her projects as theirs.

During her reign, she built so much and created such impressive works that almost every major museum with ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world has Hatshepsut's work in their collections. Her tomb is also one of the most visited buildings in the world.