Friday, November 20, 2009


Yesterday we spent the morning visiting the Temple of Amun at Karnak, one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Needless to say, it is an amazing and overwhelming site to visit. We concentrated on the New Kingdom remains such as the obelisk of Hatshepsut ("Foremost of the Noble Women"), the Akh-Menu ("Effective of Monuments") of Tuthmosis III, battle scenes of Sety I on the northern enclosure wall, and the statues of Ramses III. However, a brief trip through the open-air museum allowed us time to view the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut/Tuthmosis III and the White Chapel of Senwosret I (Senwosret = "Man of the powerful (goddess)"). As a way to review the complex, visit the Digital Karnak website and explore the temples from home!

First Pylon at Karnak

Sphinx-Lined Alleyway

Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak

Detail from the Akh-Menu of Tuthmosis III

White Chapel of Senwosret I

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