The towering Obelisks of Karnak temple were erected by Queen Hapshetsut around 1450BC. The Obelisk is a solid piece of pink granite weighing up to 300 tons.
More from Egypt in December, 2009
Inside the incredible Medinet Habu temple on the west bank of the Nile.
This is in an area called The Second Court. The paint on the ceiling and walls is 3500 years old. The light in this Sacred Space is pure magic and I feel very lucky to have captured it. Many tourists and photographers too rush their shots and thus basically take snapshots. We’ve all done it myself included. One thing I learned in Egypt is patience. I had to be very patient to get this shot with no people in it, and waited about 20 minutes for the right moment.
This space is incredible, the columns stand about 40 feet tall, every square inch of this hall is exquisitely carved and as you can see all of that carving was brightly decorated with beautiful paint, some of which survives to this day.
Medinet Habu is the memorial temple of Ramesses III, who though he ran the country into financial ruin still managed to build himself one heck of a memorial temple! Must be nice huh?
Learn more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medinet_Habu_(temple)