Temple of Karnak

Temple of Karnak, Luxor

Temple of Karnak
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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Smitty09876
Carmel, IN633 contributions
Apr 2022
The Temple of Karnak is beautiful and a bit overwhelming. The entire area is quite large and given the typical temperature from April to Sept/Oct, most likely not all seen in one tour outing. But you must have a tour guide, a good one, to help you understand the meaning of Karnak. The structure is over one thousand years old and it includes the largest religious building ever built. As per the accepted mythology, this huge building, the Temple of Amun-Ra, is where god lived on earth with his wife, Mut, and his son Khonsu.
To the untrained eye, it is hard to imagine what this complex looked like when it was built a thousand years ago...the effects of flooding, the rising water table, and the obvious chemical degradation had quite an effect on what still stands and how it looks.
But this is not to be missed, MUST be seen. Take a hat, plenty of water, maybe an umbrella for the sun and a great pair of walking shoes.
Written 20 May 2022
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Poojapau
Leicester, UK104 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Came here for 9am in May and absolutely loved it. The place itself is huge, so much to see and many photos options. You need a tour guide to visit or a good book to read from with a map to explain it all.
There are many people working in the grounds that can show you the quieter rooms, but they will require some tips.
There is a shop near the sacred lake where you can sit down and get a cold drink. It is recommended to visit early before the large groups arrive.
This is one of the places you can have your luxor pass made. It's a small room in the entrance lobby with a small sign above it. The guy in there doesn't speak much English and tried to do anything to make some extra cash in the side in tips. Not a great experience and he's very slow also which meant we were sat in that room for an hour before getting out.
Written 19 May 2022
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Tigertribal
Craigavon, UK964 contributions
May 2022
This massive complex houses a number of large temples & the Sacred Lake. Beside the Lake is the largest stone Scarab beetle found in Egypt?

Recently restored 1.5-mile-long Avenue of the Sphinxes (Nov 2021) connecting Luxor & Karnack Temples. A boat shrine is located in the avenue.

Café & toilets on site.
Written 12 May 2022
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Tinnesz
Jacksonville, FL192 contributions
Apr 2022
I have dreamed of visiting Karnak since I was a child watching the James Bond movie set in Egypt. I've watched documentaries and always thought Karnak was magical. Visiting Karnak was even better than expected. We went the first week of Ramadan so there were no Muslim tourists, and we visited early morning so the busloads of tourists hadn't arrived. It was virtually empty. What a treat! Walking among the columns all by myself fired my imagination. Loved the avenue of Sphinxes coming to Karnak, loved the rows of Rams. So many photo ops too many to list here. Pictures don't do it justice.
Written 25 April 2022
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Peter Koch
Renens, Switzerland2 contributions
Apr 2022
Impressing architecture for ancient ages. Huge pillars in hight and diameter and very nicely ciseled big and small statues.
Written 21 April 2022
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Musicians Mum
175 contributions
Apr 2022
Visited as part of a small group tour from UK.
Huge columns,many which have stood up even through earthquakes!
The temple complex is just a part of the whole Karnak site,each Pharoah built a new part.
There is still renovation,excavation
This is easy to access from Luxor and so I would rate this higher on the enjoyable scale as I did not have to get up in the middle of the night and travel a 7 hour round trip to see it!
Written 18 April 2022
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Adrian W
Cambridgeshire, UK137 contributions
Apr 2022
Both Karnak and Luxor temples are well worth a visit, make sure you have a guide to explain the details and the history. I was there when it was around 100 degrees so very hot, make sure you take water etc
Written 18 April 2022
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Pedro Pereira
Orlando, FL57 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Karnak is a VERY big temple and totally worth the trip. If you ever come to Luxor is a must but honestly it’s worth coming just for it. Amazing visit.
Written 16 April 2022
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KingBrooklynTaylor
Washington DC, DC4 contributions
Mar 2022
. The Temple of Karnak is a BEAUTIFUL testament to the artistry, dedication, and brilliance of the Ancient Egyptian people. The sheer enormity and craftsmanship of the statues, obelisks, pillars, and walls... outstanding. That so much of it is preserved to this day is miraclous, especially despite the efforts of invaders who attempted to erase, alter or destroy so much evidence of Egyptian history. I'd like to thank our guide, Ocean of Emo Tours. He really gave great overview on everything within the temple grounds
Written 14 April 2022
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Sally J
Martinsburg, WV410 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We spent only a couple of hours here; not enough time to really explore this massive complex. It goes on and on, as many pharaohs wanted to leave their marks here by building and adding on to the temples.
It was wonderful to see some of the restoration work being done on this remarkable site.
It’s not to be missed; I want to come back soon.
Written 11 April 2022
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