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Inner Sanctum & Decoration

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Inner Sanctum

At the back of the Temple is the Inner Sanctum, constructed by Pharaoh Amenhotep III early on during his reign.

The central chamber was the Cult Sanctuary of the God Amun and the home of his Cult Statue. The Chamber had 4 Columns and a stone base where the where only the High Priest and Pharaoh were allowed.

This was also the Chamber where the Opet Festival’s final cult rituals were performed for the rejuvenation of the Theban Triad, the marriage between God Amun and his wife, the Goddess Mut, and the rejuvenation of the Pharaoh and his reign; clearly shown in the phallic symbolism of the Deities present in the Reliefs inside.

This Chamber was later reused by the Romans and painted over.

On either side of the Inner Sanctum Chamber, the God Amun was flanked by his family; his consort the Goddess Mut with her own Sacred Chamber, and their son, the God Khonsu, with his own.

Decoration and Reliefs