October 2002 Trip
Day 8

Egypt Tour Day 3
Saturday, October 19th, 2002

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Today started off at 6:00 am heading to Cairo airport for a 55 minute flight to Luxor. The plane left at approximately 7:40 and arrived in Luxor at about 8:40 am. After collecting baggage and organizing several things we found that the cruise ship would not have the rooms ready until noon or there about. It was decided that we would go visit the Temple of Karnak before going to the ship. We arrived there at about 9:45 and spent over an hour and a half there.

There is one definition that may be useful to know at this point. Every temple on this trip has something called a hypostyle hall. It took me sometime to find out just what this is. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines hypostyle as "having a roof supported by pillars" so it would seem that a hypostyle hall is, a hall "having a roof supported by pillars". The temple with the best remaining one is the Temple of Amon-Ra at Karnak shown below.

The entrance to the Temple of Amon-Ra at Karnak. Part of the Large Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of
Amon-Ra. The columns are 23 meters high.

More of the Hypostyle Hall. It covers an area of
102 x 53 meters and has 134 columns.

All of the columns have hieroglyphs on them. The
lower parts have been damaged and restored as
best as possible.

The obelisk of Hatshepsut seen from the Hypostyle
Hall. It located behind the hall.

The tops of the columns look like papyrus buds.

The Hypostyle hall as seen from the outside. It was
built between 1960 and 1100 BC by Amenophis III,
Horemheb, Seti I, Ramses II and finished by Ramses IV.

The obelisk on its side is for Amenophis III.

Only 2 of 6 obelisks remain standing. The left one for
Thutmosis III and the right one for Hatshepsut. The right
one is 30 meters high and weights about 200 tons.

An example of the reliefs on the walls.

The Avenue of the Ram Headed Sphinxes.
It went from here to join up with a similar one from Luxor
Temple with human-headed Sphinxes.

The entrance to the Temple of Amon-Ra at Karnak.

After leaving here we went to the ship (you will see a picture of it when I get to Aswan). After the check in process was completed, and lunch, the afternoon was at leisure.  In the evening we (the tour group) visited Luxor Temple and went back to the Karnak Temple to see the sound and light show here. First, Luxor Temple, one of only 2 that can be visited after dark.

The entrance to the temple called South Harem of Amon
in Luxor.

A close up of the obelisk to the right in the picture to the

One on the 2 obelisks is missing and was originally
positioned on this base.

Remember that obelisk in Paris, France. This was the
one that was on the base in the previous picture.

Colonnades thought to be the beginning of a Hypostyle

More columns in Luxor.

The final visit of the day was to the Sound and Light Show at the Karnak temple. It was a beautiful clear night with a full moon and a temperature of about 25C.

The entrance to the temple of Amon-Ra at Karnak at night
with the full moon above. It made a beautiful view.

A column with a Campantiform or bell capitol with the
full moon above.

More columns with the full moon.

Another image from the Sound and Light show at Karnak.

Tomorrow on to the Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Momnon.

On to Day 9.

Created December 2nd, 2002.
Final Edit December 10th, 2002.