Karnak Temple Complex,
Album 3

Luxor 09 # 1
Aswan 09 # 2
Karnak 09 # 3


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Karnak Temple is a huge complex of a number of temples & shrines. Building began here over 4700 years ago, and continued under many ancient rulers.

This is the colossal statue of Rameses II, with his daughter between his feet

Looking though the great columns of the huge Hypostyle Hall

The large open-papyrus capitals of the central columns in the Hypostyle Hall

Obelisks of Thutmes I and Hatshepsut dominate the view beyond the Hypostyle Hall

Hatshepsut's Obelisk. It is carved from one solid piece of red granite from Aswan.

The difference in colour a third of the way down is because it had been walled up and hidden from view by Thutmes III, and only the top was exposed to the sun

Thutmes III did a good job of having all trace of Hatshepsut removed from the shrine dedicated to her.

Thutmes III. He eradicted or hid as much as he could of Hatshepsut at Karnak. He was her stepson and 6 when his father (Thutmes II) died.

As he was so young, Hatshepsut became regent, but soon had herself crowned King - claiming this was her right as her father was Thutmes I

A view of a shrine to Amun, from the time of Tutankhamun

A beautifully carved block with 2 baboons. Thoth was usually depicted as an Ibis, but was also ofen represented as a baboon

To one side of the site at Karnak, there is the wonderful Open-Air Museum. Little visited, it contains some gems of Egyptian art and architecture.

This is the Red Chapel of Queen Hatshepsut. The blocks of this chapel were found during restoration work in the main temple complex

The Red Chapel - a scene showing the laying of the foundation stone

The Red Chapel. Acrobats perform, dancers dance while musicians play - including a harpist at the right-hand end

The Red Chapel - purification scenes. The ithyphallic god Min is purified by water and by incense

The Red Chapel. Details showing the Ankh and the Djed pillar

The Red Chapel. A frieze with Hapy, the part-male part-female god of the Nile

Detail of Amun in the Alabaster Chapel of Amenhetep

The White Chapel of Senusret I (Middle Kingdom, c 1930BC), with Shrief our guide

The White Chapel. John points out the wonderful detailing in the heiroglyphs

The White Chapel. This reads 'King of Uppper and Lower Egypt' and represents a plant and a bee. The finesse of the carving is amazing!

The White Chapel. The vulture god, Nekhbet, and the falcon god, Horus

The White Chapel. The Pharaoh is given the Ankh (the key of life) by the god Amun

The White Chapel. Amun, in his ithyphallic form, embraces Senusret I

The detail of the carving is astonishing - the White Chapel deserves more time to explore every inch of its surface than we could give it!

The White Chapel. These heiroglyphs of a swallow, a vulture and a cobra are so meticulously carved - what astonishing skill those artists had!

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