Daily Flickr Finds: ktildsley’s Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak

The columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak. Image credit - ktildsley.

Karnak is home to several temples and ruined chapels, and is the largest ancient site in the world. Within the site is the Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak, which is a popular tourism hotspot. Located in the Precinct of Amun-Re, the hall covers an area of 5 square kilometres, and is composed of 134 columns divided within 16 rows.

The composition and angle of this fantastic photograph by ktildsley inside the Great Hypostyle Hall is captivating, giving a sense of how high up the roof would have been. The tall columns appear almost intimidating, closing in the shot tightly and the glow of the stone contrasting against the cloudless blue sky.

The hall was developed over the rule of various Pharaohs, including Seti I and Ramesses II, and although the columns and walls were originally blank, they were inscribed as time went on. You can read about a 3D digital construction of Karnak by the UCLA here at Heritage Key.

You can learn more about Karnak here at Heritage Key, and be sure to look through ktildsley’s Flickr photostream.