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These amazing hieroglyphics have retained much of their color over as many as 3000 years! This piece is overhead, on the underside of a roof slab in the Temple at Karnak.
The Temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, Luxor, Egypt was begun around 2055 B.C. and covered almost 200 acres. This was once the largest sacred complex in all the ancient world. The area of the sacred enclosure of Amon at the heart of the complex is 61 acres and is large enough to accommodate many average size cathedrals. It was said to have been staffed by 80,000 people in the time of Ramses III.
The Karnak complex is the work of several pharaohs and is dedicated to the supreme deity Amon-Ra. The site consists of several huge temples, a forest of columns, pylons, obelisks, and avenues of sphinxes. An ancient obelisk still stands and is said to weigh approximately 323 tons with a height of 29 metres. The majority of the complex was built around 1,500 BC. although Sir Norman Lockyer dated it astronomically as having a foundation date of 3,700 BC. Source: www.ancient-wisdom.co.uk