AN ANCIENT PLACE


The hypostyle columns at the Karnak Temple complex tower above this person. You really get a sense of scale in a picture like this.

The columns are inscribed with dedications to Amun-Re, the chief deity of the Theban Triad. The complex itself comprises of a mix of decayed temples, buildings, chapels and pylons.

Construction began around the time of Senusret I (1971 BC) and was added to continually up to the Ptolemaic Dynasty (332 BC). When Constantine the Great officially recognised Christianity in 323 AD he ordered that all pagan temples should be closed. Karnak, at this point, had already fallen into disarray and was mostly abandoned.

Christian churches were founded amongst its ruins.

It’s strange to think that an entirely new religion flourished within the heart of Karnak thousands of years later.

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