26/50.- Luxor, Karnak Temple, colonnade


In this photo you can see a colonnade. There are three main types of columns, inspired in three plants: the palm trees (the oldest one), the papyrus (used in courtyards and temples) and the lotus flower (used in domestic architecture). The ones in the photo, if I am not wrong, belong to the second class.

The oldest part of the temple is the holy of holies or sanctuary. It lies behind the sixth pylon. The original sanctuary was built by Tuthmosis III. The current sanctuary is a work of the king of Macedonia Philip Arrhidaeus (323-316 BC), the brother of Alexander the Great.

We will take a look at some of the statues in the temple and go back to the city of Luxor.

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