A trip to Egypt – 1 – Ancient Egyptian Architecture

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Abu Simbel Temple, Great Pyramid of Giza, The Temple of Horus at Edfu, Temple of Kom Ombo, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, The Unfinished Obelisk

1.1 Abu Simbel Temple

The front gate of the great Abu Simbel Temple, Aswan, Egypt
The front gate of the great Abu Simbel Temple
Scribbling by the western archaeological teams on Ramesses II's legs, Abu Simbel Temple, Aswan, Egypt
Scribbling by the western archaeological teams on Ramesses II’s legs
Inside The Abu Simbel Temple, Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt
Inside The Abu Simbel Temple
"It is believed that the axis of the temple was positioned by the ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on October 22 and February 22, the rays of the sun would penetrate the sanctuary and illuminate the sculptures on the back wall, except for the statue of Ptah, a god connected with the Underworld, who always remained in the dark. People gather at Abu Simbel to witness this remarkable sight, on October 21 and February 21." - From Wikipedia. Abu Simbel Temple, Aswan, Egypt
“It is believed that the axis of the temple was positioned by the ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on October 22 and February 22, the rays of the sun would penetrate the sanctuary and illuminate the sculptures on the back wall, except for the statue of Ptah, a god connected with the Underworld, who always remained in the dark. People gather at Abu Simbel to witness this remarkable sight, on October 21 and February 21.” – From Wikipedia

1.2 Great Pyramid of Giza

Pyramid Khafre, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Pyramid Khafre
Camels in front of Pyramid Khafre, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Camels in front of Pyramid Khafre
Bricks in the Great Pyramid, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Bricks in the Great Pyramid
Pyramids, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Pyramids
Great Sphinx of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Great Sphinx of Giza
Great Sphinx of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Great Sphinx of Giza
Great Sphinx of Giza with birds on it's head, Cairo, Egypt
Great Sphinx of Giza with birds on it’s head
the back of Sphinx’s head, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
the back of Sphinx’s head

1.3 The Temple of Horus at Edfu

Horus Statue, Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
Horus Statue
The front gate at Edfu Horus Temple, Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
The front gate at Edfu Horus Temple
The front gate at Edfu Horus Temple, Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
"The ankh is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that was most commonly used in writing and in art to represent the word for "life" and, by extension, as a symbol of life itself. Its use continued through the Coptic Egyptians who adapted it as the crux ansata, a variant form of the Christian cross." - From Wikipedia. Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
“The ankh is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that was most commonly used in writing and in art to represent the word for “life” and, by extension, as a symbol of life itself. Its use continued through the Coptic Egyptians who adapted it as the crux ansata, a variant form of the Christian cross.” – From Wikipedia
Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
The Solar Boat, Edfu Horus Temple, Aswan, Egypt
The Solar Boat

1.4 Temple of Kom Ombo

Columns in The Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt
Columns in The Temple of Kom Ombo
Column in The Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt
Column in The Temple of Kom Ombo
Column in The Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt
Column in The Temple of Kom Ombo
Columns in The Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt
Columns in The Temple of Kom Ombo
The greek-style columns in The Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt
The greek-style columns in The Temple of Kom Ombo
The greek-style columns in The Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt
The greek-style columns in The Temple of Kom Ombo
Sobek -  the crocodile god, Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt
Sobek – the crocodile god
Horus, Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt
Horus
Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt

1.5 Luxor Temple

A mosque built inside the Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt
A mosque built inside the Luxor Temple
Our Coachman, a boy who keep asking us for tips, Luxor, Egypt
Our Coachman, a boy who keep asking us for tips
The Luxor Obelisk, Luxor Temple, Egypt
The Luxor Obelisk
The other Luxor Obelisk is standing at the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The Luxor Obelisk, Luxor Temple, Egypt
The other Luxor Obelisk is standing at the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France.
Statues of Ramesses II at the gate of Luxor Temple, Luxor Temple, Egypt
Statues of Ramesses II at the gate of Luxor Temple
Statues of Ramesses II, Luxor Temple, Egypt
Statues of Ramesses II
Columns in Luxor Temple, Luxor Temple, Egypt
Columns in Luxor Temple

1.6 Karnak Temple

Sphinxes with goat heads, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Sphinxes with goat heads
Karnak Temple is the biggest temple of in Egypt. Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Karnak Temple is the biggest temple of in Egypt.
Obelisk, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Obelisk
Columns, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Columns
A calendar carved on granite, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
A calendar carved on granite
Statue of Tutankhamun, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Statue of Tutankhamun
Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Statue of Scarab, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Statue of Scarab
Relief of Scarab, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Relief of Scarab
The obelisk of Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
The obelisk of Hatshepsut
Erased relief of Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Erased relief of Hatshepsut

1.7 Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt
Statue of Horus in front of the Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt
Statue of Horus in front of the Temple of Hatshepsut
Columns in the Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt
Columns in the Temple of Hatshepsut
The second terrace facade of the Hatshepsut temple, decorated with Osirian colossi with the effigy of the queen. Luxor, Egypt
The second terrace facade of the Hatshepsut temple, decorated with Osirian colossi with the effigy of the queen.
The second terrace facade of the Hatshepsut temple, decorated with Osirian colossi with the effigy of the queen. Luxor, Egypt
The second terrace facade of the Hatshepsut temple, decorated with Osirian colossi with the effigy of the queen.
Hathor-headed column, Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt
Hathor-headed column
Hathor-headed column, Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt
Hathor-headed column
Relief of Hatshepsut erased by her step-son, Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt
Relief of Hatshepsut erased by her step-son
Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt

1.8 Colossi of Memnon

Amenhotep III, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor, Egypt
Amenhotep III
Amenhotep III, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor, Egypt
Amenhotep III
His Wife, Amenhotep III, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor, Egypt
His wife

1.9 The Unfinished Obelisk

"The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan, Egypt." - from Wikipedia
“The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan, Egypt.” – from Wikipedia

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