Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Egypt continued...IV Karnak Temple Complex

Here we have the Karnak Temple complex, which is the largest temple complex in the world.
Karnak Temple is found in the heart of Upper Egypt in the city of Luxor or called Thebes in the ancient days and is located on the east bank of the Nile River. 

Most likely, Moses, one of the great prophets of the Old Testament spent much of his early life here in Thebes. Ramses II is thought to be the Pharaoh during the time of Exodus, and Thebes acted as 
Ramses II's capital city.  

The oldest parts of the temple complex date back to the Middle Kingdom age which is roughly around 2040-1700 BC. The ram-headed fertility god, Amun, was the focus of worship at this temple. 

The columns soared 5-7 stories high...it was amazing. They also say that back in the day, the whole hall was roofed. 

This Egyptian hypostyle hall is also the architectural origins/ancestor of the Roman/Christian basilica. 



Anna Daines amidst the great hypostyle hall

The obelisk that Hatshepsut erected. She is mentioned in my previous posts (about her mortuary temple).

1 comment:

  1. wow, 5 stories high...they must have geniuses for architects!