Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Evening Light at Karnak

Our tour visited the great temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak during good evening light, which made me very happy.
The columns in the hypostyle hall are HUGE.
Notice the conveniently placed scale-model person:

Originally the hall was roofed. Only a few of the roof beams survive but some of the slit window panes are still in place. The windows are small (and unglazed), but in that latitude, a little bit of light goes a long way toward illumination.

This view is the hypostyle hall from a distance (out in the court by the eighth pylon, or gate):

Sunset silhouettes palms and the ninth pylon:

Karnak is immense and very grand.

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