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Avenue of Sphinx

Thebes - The Places

The rebuilding of the Avenue of Sphinx between Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple in Thebes

This Avenue is probaby the best known. It caters for the movement of the Theban
Triad between the 2 Temples during the Opet Festival.

The Egyptian Government have been restoring the Avenue for people to view and
walk along and the photos shown here reflect their progress. 

You can almost imagine the Sacred Barques, the Deity inside, with their entourages which would often have included the Pharaoh, stopping to rest at all of the 6 Chapels that the Pharaoh Hatshepsut had built which intersected the Avenue of Sphinx on their journey.

Each Chapel was dedicated to the God Amun and each had an exacting purpose: “to cool the oar of Amun” or “to receive the beauty of Amun”. Each one was filled with food and drink for the God and the Priests carrying the Sacred Barques to partake.

Sistrum rattles were played while the Priests would sing songs (the lyrics are inscribed at Luxor Temple) making the procession a wonderful affair.