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Described as 'God's Living Room', the Great Hypostyle Hall is the large area just behind the second pylon in the Temple of Amun at the Karnak temple complex. Its grand columns, of which there are 134 in 16 rows, are astoundingly impressive, with the 12 central columns reaching 21 metres. The Hypostyle Hall, at Karnak has been described as one of the most monumental achievements in Egyptian architecture and is the largest known example of a typical hypostyle hall. It can be seen as a glorified vestibule, an introduction to the inner parts of Karnak temple beyond. Every wall and column inside is covered with records of the rituals or festivals that were celebrated here or at nearby temples. Building was initiated by Pharaoh Seti and completed by his son Ramesses II, but subsequent pharaohs have left their mark on the Hall, adding inscriptions at later stages, making this site a significant monument to successive Egyptian dynasties.