Horus Temple : The Inner Hypostyle HallEdfu - Temples - The Buildings - Builders & Buildings
The Inner Hypostyle Hall
Moving inwards, you come to the Inner Hypostyle Hall. This room also has 12 columns but in a different configuration, see My Plan of the Temple below to see the differences between the 2 Halls.
Inside the Hall is a Chamber which is referred to as the Temple’s “laboratory” which conjures the most amazing and evocative images! But it is unfortunately simpler than this. The Temple used the room to host their recipes and ingredients for “brewing” their own incense and perfumes. The room would then be used to store the brewed items until they were ready for use.
Again, here the Coptic Christians were responsible for the blackening of the ceiling from the fires they set that were intended to raze the entire building to the ground.
Exiting the Hall, there is an Ante Chamber which would have been used as an initial Altar area for the daily offerings of Food, Drinks and Flowers to be given to the God Horus. This area is just outside the Inner Sanctum of the God Horus.
Next to this is the Staircase Corridor which leads up 242 steps to the roof of the Temple. The Reliefs here shows the Procession of Priests who follow Pharaoh up the staircase on the eastern side and down the staircase on the western side.