Episode 36: The White Chapel

Senuseret I (Part III) and Karnak Temple.


The building projects of Senuseret I were the most widespread and splendid of any ruler since the Old Kingdom. Buildings up and down the Nile valley were begun under his rule, including monuments at Karnak, Heliopolis and Elephantine.

The king's pyramid at al-Lisht attempted an innovative building method, with mixed success. 

The White Chapel of Senuseret I at Karnak. Re-assembled in the modern era. 

Senuseret before Min. White Chapel.

The exquisite carvings of the White Chapel. Senuseret receiving life from Re.

Digital reconstruction of the White Chapel, by the UCLA Digital Karnak Project.

Digital reconstruction of the Amun Temple of Senuseret. By the UCLA Digital Karnak Project.

(More images of the White Chapel can be found here - Flickr User: Kairoinfo4u)

Part of the Satet Temple at Elephantine; this section dates from long after the Middle Kingdom. (Photo: Dominic Perry, 2008).

Part of the Satet Temple looking East; nearby to this was a deep pit used to measure the Inundation, for which Satet was partly responsible. (Photo: Dominic Perry, 2008).

Part of the Satet temple, with modern tourists (my colleagues). (Photo: Dominic Perry, 2008).

The Obelisk of Senuseret I at Heliopolis. Originally one of two, they it flanked the entrance to a temple for Atum-Re.

Close-up of the same.

The king's pyramid at al-Lisht. Badly denuded, its burial chamber remains submerged in groundwater. (Image: Wikipedia)

The internal masonry of the pyramid, showing the sixteen cells that strengthened the pyramid's core. (Image: Wikipedia).

The original layout of the king's pyramid complex. Satellite pyramids now mostly destroyed. (Image: Wikipedia)

A polished shell decorated with the nomen of Senuseret. Digitalegypt.ac.uk.



Wolfram Grajetzki. The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. 2006. 

UCLA Digital Karnak Project.

James H. Breasted. A History of Egypt. 1905. (1959 Edition).