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Pillars in Karnak Temple



Karnak Temple is located in Luxor, Egypt on the East Bank of the Nile River. It's one of the largest temple complexes ever constructed in the world. Probably the most famous section is the Great Hypostyle Hall containing 134 massive columns.

The Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak was begun during the reign of King Seti I (c.1290-1279 B.C.E.) and was completed by his son, Ramesses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.). The north-south axis of the hall provides views which reveal not only the immensity but also the practicality of the architecture. The central row of 12 columns on the east-west axis are 69 feet/21 meters in height, about 33 feet/10 meters in circumference, and have open papyrus capitals. The 122 columns in the side aisles are 43 feet/13 meters in height, 27.5 feet/8.4 meters in circumference, and have closed papyrus-bud capitals (as seen here). Remember that the whole of this hall was roofed with stone slabs, and the interior was quite dark. The difference in height between the central and the side aisle columns was used to provide natural light through clerestory windows which have vertical stone slats (top center).

The huge sandstone columns are carved in sunk relief and were originally painted. The grill of the clerestory window is still visible above the columns.
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5616x3744px 5.87 MB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/197 second
Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 23, 2012, 12:28:06 PM
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RaisedFists's avatar
Great shot. I've seen them too  Nod