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In architecture, a hypostyle hall has a flat ceiling which is supported by columns, as in the Hall of Columns at Karnak. In this case the columns flanking the central avenue are of greater height than those of the side aisles, and this admits of openings in the wall above the smaller columns, through which light is admitted over the aisle roof, through clerestory windows. Architecture (in Greek αρχή = first and τέχνη = craftsmanship) is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. ... Hall has several meanings. ... Entrance to Precinct of Amon-Re of the Karnak Temple Complex This article is about the village and pharaonic temple complex in Egypt. ... Clerestory or (clear storey), in architecture, denotes an upper storey of a Roman basilica or of the nave of a Romanesque or Gothic church, the walls of which rise above the rooflines of the lower aisles and are pierced with windows. ...

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Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (275 words)
The Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak, located within the Karnak temple complex, in the Precinct of Amon-Re, is one of the most visited monuments of Ancient Egypt.
The hall covers an area of 50,000 sq.ft. The roof, now fallen, was supported by 134 columns in 16 rows, the 2 middle rows are higher than the others (being 33 feet in circumference and 80 feet high).
The hall was probably begun by Horemheb, but was completed in the early 19th Dynasty by Ramesses I, was then worked on by his son Seti I, and completed by his son, Ramesses II (although Ramesses III, Ramesses IV and Ramesses VI all added their names to walls).
Hypostyle hall (222 words)
The hypostyle hall represented the middle section of a temple.
Hypostyle halls are noted for the density of their columns.
In the temple, the hypostyle hall symbolized the reed swamp growing near the primeval mound, reflecting a location closest to the source of the holy.
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