Architect : Claudius (during the reign of)
Completion: 1st c. (hypostyle hall)
Locality : Esna
Country : Egypt
Building style :
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“When Amelia Edwards [an English novelist, journalist, traveller and Egyptologist (1831–1892) (1)] visited Esna, the Temple of Khnum was ‘buried to the chin in the accumulated rubbish of a score of centuries’ and built over with houses. To minimize their destruction, only a portion was excavated in the 1860s. Now 10m below ground level, the temple resembles a pharaonic Fort Knox, its boxy mass fronted by six columns rising from a screen, the open space above them covered with wire mesh to discourage nesting birds.”
“…some visitors are disappointed by what they find: the only part to have been excavated is the Hypostyle Hall, whose somewhat inferior reliefs detract from the forest of columns and lofty astronomical ceiling.” (2)
(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Edwards (August 24, 2011).
(2) The Rough Guide to Egypt, Rough Guides, 2010, p. 329.
Ed. Katriina Puputti