Carnac - The Hall of Columns, side view

View of the hypostyle hall of the temple complex at Karnak from the east with a local man standing on some large stone debris, once forming the third pylon. Karnak, near modern Luxor, is a large complex of religious buildings covering an area of over one hundred hectares. It consists of three major sacred precincts dedicated to Amun-Re (the largest of the three), Mut and Montu, but it also includes other structures built both inside and outside the various precincts. It was built and continually extended and embellished by Egyptian rulers from at least the Middle Kingdom (2055-1650 BC) until the Roman period (30 BC-AD 395) but most of its surviving structures date from the second half of the second millenium BC, resulting in Karnak being the largest and best-preserved temple complex of the New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC).

Object Details

Carnac – The Hall of Columns, side view


Francis Frith



Albumen print

16.1 x 21.0 cm

Acquired by King Edward VII when Prince of Wales