22/50.- Luxor, Karnak Temple, pillars


We are now at the heart of the Karnak Temple, the hypostyle hall. This is the most astonishing part of the temple (and one of the most beautiful ruins in Egypt). This part of the temple, that occupies the space between the 3rd and 2nd pylons, was commissioned by Ramses I (1292–90). Twelve enormous columns, nearly 24 meters (80 feet) high, supported the 5,000 square meters (54,000 square feet) ceiling of the hall. Light entered through holes on the roof and illuminated the huge room. Seven lateral aisles on either side brought the number of pillars to 134. The hall was completed during the reigns of Seti I (1290–79) and Ramses II (1279–13).

I hope you can appreciate the actual size of these column. They are really amazing. And here they are standing after three millenniums!

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