Carnac - The oldest portion of the Ruins 1857

View showing four papyrus columns with bud capitals still in situ and supporting lintels. The colonnade is part of the Festival Hall of Thutmose III (1479-1425 BC). 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 oldest portion of the Ruins 1857

Francis Frith




Albumen print

16.2 x 21.1 cm

Acquired by King Edward VII when Prince of Wales