Hypostyle hall

Hypostyle hall
    In the Egyptian temple, the pylon (gateway) gave access to open courts behind which lay one or two roofed and pillared halls, which provided a processional route to the sanctuary.
    Egyptologists use the term 'hypostyle halls', from the Greek 'hypostylos' ('resting on pillars'); the halls were constructed so that the roof was supported by rows of columns.
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt by Rosalie and Antony E. David

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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