The "pylon" in Egyptian temples.

The term "pylon" is used to describe the front wall of an Egyptian temple. It is of a special form and contains a gate. The pylon usually consists of two separate parts, "towers", which are linked by the gate, it is taller and much thicker than the other temple walls, and its sides are often not vertical but a little inclined. The impression is that the pylon functions as a specially strengthened screen which protects the rest of the temple. Some Egyptian temples contain a whole series of pylons.

© Jaromir Malek 2001

The pylon of the temple of Khonsu at Karnak. Somers Clarke MSS. 13.101. Copyright Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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