The Karnak Temple


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The Karnak Temple

The Karnak Temple

The second most important ancient Egyptian monument in Egypt, after the Pyramids of Giza, the Karnak Temple has a vast surface area and it is quite impressive with its huge walls, gigantic columns, and obelisks.

Constructed over a period of time that exceeds 13 centuries, the Temple of Karnak or the complex of temples dedicated to the worship of god Amun was quite significant for the ancient Egyptians and their kings who tried their best to have their contributions added to the temple.

At the centre of the complex of temples of Karnak, there is the temple of Amun; the king of gods. This temple is featured with its vast halls, huge columns, and the sacred lake; which is the largest existing lake in Egypt.

The most impressive section of the Karnak temple, other than the avenue of sphinxes which linked the temple to the Luxor Temple to the North, is the hypostyle hall constructed by Ramses II, the most important builder in ancient Egypt.

Other than this, there is also what is called the Open Air Museum which hosts a large number of antiquities which include the remarkable white chapel of Senusert I and the red chapel of Hatshepsut that goes back to the 18th dynasty. There is the alabaster chapel of Amenhotep I which was recently restored.

The Karnak Complex of temples is the largest Pharaonic structure in Egypt and one of the most impressive. Luxor welcomes thousands of tourists every year to enjoy viewing and admiring the great architectural achievements of the Pharaohs.