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Karnak
Introduction

9. Front of Amon

10. Great columns

11. Obelisks

12. Huge statues

13. Wall decorations

14. Sacred Lake

15. Scarab statue

16. Southern Pylons

17. Temple of Khonsu

18. Temple of Opet

19. Avenue of Sphinxes

20. Ramses 3

21. Amenophis 2

22. Shrine of Seti 2

23. Temple of Mentu

24. Temple of Ptah

25. Open Air Museum

26. Excavations

27. Barque of Hakor




















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Open Air Museum


Open Air Museum, Karnak, Luxor, Egypt

It is called White Chapel, and dates back to the 12th Dynasty.


The Open Air Museum contains a collection of smaller shrines and temples which mainly illustrates how diverse the Karnak area was, and how many options there must have been for the devout.
The handful of shrines are in fair to excellent condition. Perhaps the most attractive to many is the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut, which I found impossible to transform into a proper photo. It is interesting from the fact that every stone contains an individual design, instead of forming part of a larger design. This has made it difficult to reconstruct the chapel.
The gem of the collection is usually considered to be the White Chapel built by Sesostris 1 of the 12th Dynasty, with its excellent bas-reliefs. It was not open for entry upon last visit (2004).
Apart from the shrines, the Open Air Museum contains a rather badly presented collection of bits and pieces and just a few complete statues. These are mainly Sekhmet statues from the Temple of Ptah. They seem to have been made by the same people carving out the hundreds of Sekhmet statues for the Temple of Mut.
Open Air Museum, Karnak, Luxor, Egypt

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By Tore Kjeilen