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"Detail of a column in the Hypostyle Hall" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Muya

Egypt Things to Do: 1,687 reviews and 2,532 photos

by Muya

Each of the hieroglyphs you see while wandering inside the temple has its own meaning, of course. On this one, you’ll notice a bee, a reed and the ankh cross. The bee is the symbol of Upper and Lower Egypt, and the ankh cross, the symbol of life. But put alltogether, those symbols mean “Eternal life”, granted to the pharaoh who has his name in the cartouche that follows. Pharaoh’s name is always written inside a cartouche, which symbolizes the universe and thus places him at the center of everything.

Address: Temple of Karnak

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  • Written Jun 15, 2005
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