View with Colonnade of Amenophis III and the Courtyard of Amenophis III from the westThe Courtyard is about 167 feet wide and 148 feet long. On three sides there is a portico with two rows of columns.
Left: Looking from the Courtyard back north to the front; center: entrance into the Courtyard; right: the Courtyard with the Hypostyle Hall to the far right
|The Hypostyle Hall is at the south side of the Courtyard of Amenophis III. It consists of four rows of eight columns with shafts shaped like bundles of papyri.|
Left: The Hypostyle Hall from the Court of Amenophis III; center and right: looking back toward the front through the forest of columns. Below: details of Hypostyle Hall.
|Beyond the Hypostyle Hall are several smaller rooms, the central one of which was used later as a Christian church. This area, still with some of the original roof, was the most sacred area of the temple and had a gold-plated statue of the god Amon as well as a birth room with reliefs referring to the divine birth of Amenophis III.|
A relief depicting Amenophis II making offerings and a more recent engraving--the signature of the 19th century French poet Rimbaud
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