Egypt : Hall of Records, Sanctuary - Karnak Complex part VIII

Karnak ComplexLuxor, Egypt :
The granite gateway of the sixth pylon was restored by Seti I and as we pass through it we enter what has become known as the Hall of Records of Thutmose III. These were the state records made by the priests of the temple to detail the sources of gifts and booty received by them. Of course, following Thutmose's military victories Karnak was now increasingly filled with gold and silver treasures from far afield, as well as with magnificent bronze weapons of war and furniture of ivory and ebony.
The most characteristic feature of this Hall of Records are the two stately granite pillars, one bearing the lotus of Upper Egypt and the other the papyrus of Lower Egypt in high relief.
These rather unusual twin symbols emphasize that the unity of the two lands, formed and broken many times in their long history, was intact in the 18th Dynasty.
Beyond is the Sanctuary which comprises two chambers. It is of pink granite and was constructed by the brother of Alexander the Great , Philip Arrhidaeus, on the site of an earlier chamber. The walls are finely carved and colored; the reliefs on the upper reaches of the wall still retain their color. On the outer wall of the sanctuary on the right-hand side is a superb relief in excellent condition of Philip being crowned and presented to the gods (above) and of the festal barges of Amon being carried in priestly procession (below).On the left-hand outer wall of the sanctuary are the Annals of Thutmose III, depicting details of the cities and tribes subdued in his military campaigns.

Leaving the sanctuary we come to a large open space where there are very scanty remains of Middle Kingdom structures. Beyond rises the Great Festival Temple of Thutmosc III.

Egypt : Hall of Records, Sanctuary - Karnak Complex part VIII

Karnak ComplexLuxor, Egypt :
The granite gateway of the sixth pylon was restored by Seti I and as we pass through it we enter what has become known as the Hall of Records of Thutmose III. These were the state records made by the priests of the temple to detail the sources of gifts and booty received by them. Of course, following Thutmose's military victories Karnak was now increasingly filled with gold and silver treasures from far afield, as well as with magnificent bronze weapons of war and furniture of ivory and ebony.
The most characteristic feature of this Hall of Records are the two stately granite pillars, one bearing the lotus of Upper Egypt and the other the papyrus of Lower Egypt in high relief.
These rather unusual twin symbols emphasize that the unity of the two lands, formed and broken many times in their long history, was intact in the 18th Dynasty.
Beyond is the Sanctuary which comprises two chambers. It is of pink granite and was constructed by the brother of Alexander the Great , Philip Arrhidaeus, on the site of an earlier chamber. The walls are finely carved and colored; the reliefs on the upper reaches of the wall still retain their color. On the outer wall of the sanctuary on the right-hand side is a superb relief in excellent condition of Philip being crowned and presented to the gods (above) and of the festal barges of Amon being carried in priestly procession (below).On the left-hand outer wall of the sanctuary are the Annals of Thutmose III, depicting details of the cities and tribes subdued in his military campaigns.

Leaving the sanctuary we come to a large open space where there are very scanty remains of Middle Kingdom structures. Beyond rises the Great Festival Temple of Thutmosc III.

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