The Hypostyle Hall Of Karnak temple

The Hypostyle hall in the Karnak temple in Luxor, covers an area of more than 55,000 sq ft. and is filled with 134 gigantic sandstone columns arranged in 16 rows, with an average diameter of nearly 10 feet!

12 in the central aisle with open papyrus capitals, once supported a raised 82 feet ceiling and are now around 70 feet high. The rest (61 on either side) have closed papyrus bud capitals and were meant to support two sloping 50 feet high roofs and stand 34 feet tall.

Now consider the timeline – built by Seti I and his son Ramesses II between 1294 – 1213 BC!! Mind boggling? You bet. The Pyramids are older still, by some 1400 years!

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

74 thoughts on “The Hypostyle Hall Of Karnak temple

  1. I think I can fathom how difficult it would have been to capture these images, the way you had. Kudos! Those columns — telling a hundred stories have always fascinated me. Your story of a story is well told, Madhu.

  2. Wonderful photos, Madhu – capturing their massive dimensions, and the gorgeous bas relief carving. Real solid, girl – a perfect interpretation! I’m so glad to see them – all my Egypt slides turned purple and although I’ve adjusted them so I can recognise what I was trying to capture – they’re unusable. Brava!

    1. What a pity that your Egypt slides are unusable! I have lost some of my Spain and Greece photos, although i have managed to salvage a few from some prints. Delighted that you liked my interpretation of solid 🙂

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