It was built and used during the reigns of as many as thiry pharaohs and that is why there is so much diversity here. However only a small part of the temple complex is open to tourists as restoration work is still on. A reconstructed model of what the temples must have looked like can be seen here.
Here is a photo of the Hypostyle Hall in the temple of Amun-Re. The hall area is a massive 50,000 sq ft with 134 columns in 16 rows, most of the columns being 10 meters tall and with a diameter of over three meters. The beams on top of these columns are very heavy indeed (70 tons) and must have been lifted to these heights using levers or ramps. The roof is now gone.
The roof once rested on these beams but now it is all open-air.
This is an Obelisk in the temple compound. An Obelisk is a tall four-sided narrow tapering monument, often made at the entrances of temples.
Below is a close-up of the inscriptions or hieroglyphs on the Obelisk.
The scarab beetle is a symbol of regeneration and creation for the Egyptians and often found in temples. The beetle is often used in the design of artefacts and jewellery.
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