Ancient Egyptians TemplesPaper Rating: Word Count: 2463 Approx Pages: 10
The Egyptians temples have for thousands of years amazed travelers, conquerors, and explorers alike. Several of the temples built by the Egyptians are considered to be an architecture wonder of the world, like the pyramids in Giza. For the ancient Egyptians there was not anything more important than worshiping the Gods. This is one of the main reasons why the Egyptians built more temples than any other ancient culture in history. An example is the temple of Amun at Karnak, the largest structure constructed for religious purposes.
The construction of such majestic projects took enormous amounts of labor, design, and a strong reason for wanting to build such a structure. The Egyptians built temples for many reasons however the two main purposes were to give a house to the gods, and be used for tombs, which served as a gateway for the soul as it passes to the spirit world. Some temples were also used for other activities like fests and festivals where the Egyptians worshiped the respective god of the temple.
The Egyptians put lots of time into choosing the location of the temples. Many factors where taken into concern. A sacred temple was always to be built on the west side of the Nile River, which was the closest to the rising sun. The temples also were built to face a cardinal point. Every temple had a purpose and in order to fulfill this purpose the temple had to be built in the right location.
The rooms within the temples had also a specific symbolism or purpose many of these vary from original cosmos structure to cosmic regeneration. It is difficult to completely tell the symbols of the Egyptians temples, "This is because Egypt's mythology was complex, many-faceted and replete with different, and even contradictory, ways of viewing the same facts . Another important aspect of the Egyptian temples was the meanings behind their great decorations, which most of the time were immense pieces of artwork.