In the background of our illustration (Fig. 208) the hypostyle hall and the southern pylons of the Great Temple are seen.
hypostyle, literally “under columns,” but used to mean filled by columns.
The hypostyle halls are nearly always lighted upon the same principle.
It is to this room that the name of hypostyle hall has been given.
In the hypostyle there is a little blue shade behind the monstrous pillars, but even that shade is dusty and hot.
It is not so large, however, and it contains no hypostyle hall.
India has topes and pagodas, Egypt sphinxes and hypostyle chambers, Greece three orders of columns.
They crossed the colonnade at the side of the hypostyle and went down two steps into the vast nave of the temple.
This gallery is in effect a hypostyle hall, but it differs profoundly from the superb edifice which bears that name at Karnak.
Slowly, perhaps, the body moves from courtyard to hypostyle hall, and from one hall to another.