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In testament to Ra's position as God of the Sun, this columned building is painted almost entirely in gold, with only key pieces being built from obsidian rock - a startling black against the light. The gold paint reflects the sun causing the temple to shine almost permanently.
Hathor's temple is as feminine as the God herself but holds all the might and power that her position as a deity should. Large, constructed from white marble and with intricate carvings over every inch of surface, the temple is a beautiful structure from which yards and yards of dyed gossamer hang in swaths; its columns, beneath its arches and looping from its ceiling creating an effervescent and softly pretty atmosphere over the power and strength of the marble.
The richest of areas in Thebes, the Mabsoot district is strangely quiet and holds many manors that are empty. When Cairo became the new head of state fifty years prior, most rich merchants and the Hei families took their business and their homes to the north. Not wanting to give up prime estates in the original capital, however, these homes in Cairo were in addition to the ones they kept in Thebes, leading to Thebes' richer areas becoming only half inhabited...
The central square of Thebes is large and ornate with a spiralled mosaic across its floor. A statue of the current Pharaoh (recently installed) is located at its centre and four wells are plugged into the earth at equal points around it, creating a square - each corner a water source and its centre the king of kings.
Most merchants in Egypt sell their wares at the Grand Souk on the weekends but operate a private or personal shop or store during the weekdays. These stores are most often visited by the common folk of the city or by the servants of the Hei Houses.
Not enclosed like the houses of Cairo, the public bathhouses of Thebes are out in the open. Built around natural springs, the marble steps and pools are constructed outside with a canopy of embroidered fabric - sheer enough to let in sunlight but masking enough for the modesty of its high class patrons - forming the ceiling and walls. These mixed-gender bathhouses are strictly for the upper classes, while the lower classes bathe in the Nile.
All cities have their sinners - Thebes is no exception - and the, effective, red light district of Thebes is famous for its pretty girls and fine beers - not to mention a lot of merchants looking to gamble away some coin.
The lower class homes of Egypt were often built of that which was most accessible and easy to come by in order to fix repairs or continue building at later dates: mud. The mudbrick the homes were built from were often built via heavy wooden poles being drilled into the ground, woven reeds forming the walls between said poles and then a mixed of thick mud and straw was applied over the reeds to make the walls solid. Homes could be built in conical shapes or in square blocks (the domed top ones normally in the poorest areas as they were easier to make but provided less standing space. Home were never more than a single storey high and often had separate rooms for adults and children, as well as a living space between the two. The preparing of food would be done inside the home and the cooking of it outside over an open flame. Egyptians were skills potters and were more likely to hold all their goods within ceramic vases than they were boxes or crates. Wood was a rarer commodity than clay. There was often little need for fabrics or luxuries used for warmth but the stitching of mosquito netting was very required and most beds - even in the lower classes - would be covered with one.