The gateway to an Egyptian temple, the pylon consisted of two massive stone towers which flanked the doorway that gave access to the courts and *hypostyle halls. On the facade of the pylon there were sunken recesses to hold wooden flagstaffs. The pylon interior was hollow; it often contained a staircase which led to the top. The pylon protected the temple interior and hid it from view.
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt by Rosalie and Antony E. David
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   Greek name for the massive stone gateway in front of Egyptian temples and also within several of the larger temples. The pylon was decorated with scenes of the king triumphant over his enemies and had emplacements for massive flagstaffs. Obelisks and large royal sculptures were often placed in front of the pylon.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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