Karnak Temple: Temple of Ramses III
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This nearly 200-foot-long temple features three bark chapels, a hypostyle hall
of eight columns, a vestibule with four columns, and an open court (within
which this view was taken). The court is surrounded by statues of Ramses III in
his Jubilee vestments. (Jubilees were typically celebrated in the 30th year of
a pharaoh's reign and every five years thereafter.)
Detail from the Temple of Ramses III.
You start facing north toward the Great Court, with the statue of Ramses II in
view through the door. On the inside face of the pylon ahead of you are scenes
showing Ramses III vanquishing his enemies. On the opposite end, to the south,
you'll see the entrance to the temple proper. As you move around, try to
pinpoint the only statue of Ramses III that still sports the traditional long
beard that all pharaohs wore.
Photographer Annie Valva
prepares to shoot a QuickTime VR inside Ramses III's temple.