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Karnak Temple Hypostyle Hall

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Layout of the Hypostyle Hall at Karnak

Layout of the Hypostyle Hall at Karnak

Karnak Temple Hypostyle Hall

The massive columns in the hypostyle hall dwarfs the people and there is still some paint surviving on the under side of the capitals.

The hall covers an area of 50,000 sq ft (5,000 sq meters) and filled with 134 gigantic stone columns with 12 larger columns standing 80 feet (24 m) high lining the central aisle.

The hall was built by Seti I who inscribed the northern wing. The outer walls depict Seti’s battles.

The southern wing was completed by Ramesses II but he usurped the decorations of his father along the main processional walk ways. The south wall is inscribed with a record of Ramesses II’s peace treaty with the Hittites which he signed in 21st year of his reign.

Later pharaohs including Ramesses III, Ramesses IV and Ramesses VI added inscriptions to the walls and the columns.

 


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