Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

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Where is Karnak Temple Located?

Karnak temple is the largest temple in the world and the largest religious building ever made. It is located at “Thebes” Luxor city. karnak temple known as the temple of Amun, it was called Ipet-isu or “The most select of places” in middle kingdom, also know as Pr-Imn or “House of Amon” and it dates back to 2055 BC to around 100 AD, it built over 2000 years.

What is the Temple consists of

Karnak temple consists of a group of temples, largest space of them and the center of the temple it covers sixty-one acres belong to Amun-Ra, the male god of Thebes, we can see in the south of the central area his wife the goddess Mut. And more other temples like the temple of khonso, the temple of Ptah, the Ipt temple, the temple of Osiris and temple of Month.
Karnak temple wasn’t only for gods but also the Egyptian rulers who wish to be memorized added their own architectural mark to it over the centuries, from the beginning of the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom and Ptolemaic Dynasty.

First Pylon:-

An avenue of ram-headed Sphinxes leads to the first pylon. Ram head symbolizing to god Amun, there are 20 rams on each side, it was built to protect the temple. The first Pylon is the main entrance to the temple and last building at Karnak.

Great Court:-

Great Court is 100m in length and 80m in wide it contains ten papyrus columns every column is 21m in height. Now only one column still stand is known as a kiosk of Taharqa who was the fourth king of the 25 Dynasty. There is the statue of Ramesses II it shows the king stand to wear the double crown of upper and lower Egypt, at his feet we found his wife princes.

The Great Hypostyle Hall:-

The Great Hypostyle Hall is the most amazing building at Karnak. It 103m in length and 52m in width, it consists of 134 gigantic stone columns, there are largest 12 columns are 24m in height and 3.5m in diameter, other 122 columns are 12m in height. It built by King Seti who ruled from 1290 to 1279 B.C. The outer walls of northern wing describe Seti’s battle. The south wall inscribed with Ramesses II’s peace treaty with the Hittites.

Sacred Lake:-

A 120m by 77m Karnak Temple Secret Lake make it the largest of it’s kind. King Tuthmosis III(1473-1458 B.C)  dug it. It was used by priests for purification and other rituals like navigation, it was the home of sacred geese of Amun. It lined with stone and provided with stairways descending into the water. We can find the storerooms and home of priests surrounded the lake.

Karnak Temple is one of the most important attractions in Egypt, where is a lot of tourists around the world come to visit it, so if you prefer to visit this historical monument and the other archaeological sites in Egypt you can check our luxury Egypt tours and choose your journey to Egypt, or other option you can enjoy it’s Nile cruise tour between Luxor and Aswan which is the most adventurous experience to do in Egypt.

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The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library.

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