Karnak and Luxor

The Same But Different

Columns, Temple at Karnak, Egypt


Columns, Temple at Luxor, Egypt




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Written On Stone

Lighting Isis

Relief Carving, Temple of Isis, fromthe Island of Philae, now on Agilkia Island, Aswan, Egypt

The Temple of Isis is one of the structures in the original Temple of Philae. Submerged after the construction of the first Aswan dam in 1902, the Temple of Philae was salvaged in the 1970s, following completion of the Aswan High Dam. The temple compound was drained, dismantled and reconstructed on a new island (Agilkia) in a reservoir of the Aswan low dam. While not on Lake Nasser, Philae is considered a major success as part of the rescue of Nubian monuments and sites. Philae was said to have been one of Egypt’s most beautiful temples. It drew visitors well into the 20th century, even after parts were flooded. Unfortunately, submersion in water and river silt has removed the painted surfaces.

The relief carvings of gods/godesses and pharaohs were deface during the period Philae was converted to a Christian church.

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CB&WC: Walls

Gods, Pharaohs, and Hieroglyphs

Intersecting walls at Edfu Temple, Edfu, Egypt

King Ptolemy VIII making an offering to the Goddess Hathor and the God Horus. Relief carving on the wall of the ambulatory surrounding the sanctuary of the Temple of Edfu. Construction of the temple began in 237 BCE and continued until about 57 BCE.  The architecture combines traditional Egyptian elements with Greek influences. It is dedicated to the cult of a triad of Gods: Horus of Behdet, his wife Hathor and their son, Hor-Sama-Tawy.

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WPC: Silence

Silence of the Gods

Hypostyle Hall, Temple at Edfu, Egypt

Edfu is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. It is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC.

WPC: Silence

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Statue of the God Amun and his wife the Goddess Mut, Luxor, Egypt

Statue of the God Amun and his wife the Goddess Mut in the Temple at Luxor, Egypt. Amun and Mut were two gods in the Theban Triad, a cult of the Royal Ka, to whom the temple was dedicated.  Their son Khonsu was the third god in the triad. Thebes (which lies under the modern city of Luxor) was the capital of Egypt during much of the New Kingdom (c. 1550–1050 BCE). Due to its importance as both a religious and urban center, Thebes became the home to many of ancient Egypt’s most famous monuments. It encompassed both the city of Thebes on east bank of the Nile as well as the Valley of Kings and the Valley of Queens on the west bank of the Nile. Thebes was the home of the god Amun.

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