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Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Karnak: Photo 5

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The view here looks back over the Central Enclosure. The massively square post-and-lintel building just before the obelisk is the Akh-Menou, the "most splendid of monuments" Festival Hall of Thutmes III. Beyond it are two obelisks, the taller of Hatshepsut and the lower (to its left) of Thutmes. They are in the heart of the Temple of Amun. By one account the temple owned over 700,000 acres of arable land, 80,000 slaves and servants, and 420,000 head of cattle. It accumulated this wealth in part through donations both precious and mundane, including gold, silver, copper, cloth, wheat, and oil.

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