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Out building Colonnade with Color Paint
These remaining images are devoted to the exterior walls which are large and in great condition. The reliefs require considerable study, time that I didn't have then, but wish I had now. There is also the entrance colonnade to the mamissi, which retains considerable color in the shadows away from the harsh Egyptian sun.
Chamber with Painting of Goddess Nut on Ceiling
There are numerous passageways, and I have many photos of them. The images here are a sample of what may be seen. One of the more interesting painted images of Nut, the goddess of the sky. Outside is the passage of victory that celebrates the triumph of Horus the falcon over Seth the hippo.
Greek Style Capitols in the Great Hypostyle Hall
Second in size only to Karnak, the great Hypostyle Hall is in a much better state of preservation. The Greek style capitals and stone ceiling show considerable smoke damage suggesting that for a period at least, the temple was occupied as a residence. There are numerous passages where photography is challenging due to low light levels. In one part of the rear interior of the temple, I found a lovely relief of the conjugal visit between Horus and Hathor.
First Pylong Relief of Horus Slaying Seth
The first pylon is huge and has a comparatively large entrance gate, to the right of which stands a statue of the god Horus, the falcon headed son of Osiris and Isis. Seth killed Osiris, and so the Horus avenged his father's death, according to legend on this very spot. Horus killed his uncle in mortal combat, a scene depicted on the first pylon relief. The forecourt was a place for ceremonies having to do with a live falcon that represented the god Horus. It is from Horus that all Pharoah's are descended, and so this temple is likely constructed on a site where earlier temples stood. According to tradition, the earliest temple was a grass hut built in prehistoric times. In more recent times, the temple was buried in sand and debris, with part of the village sitting atop the roof of the Great Hypostyle Hall and uncovered during the 1860's by Mariette and local Arab workers.
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