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Known as Ipet-isut in ancient times, the Complex of Karnak is the largest temple complex ever built by man. It owes its modern name to the nearby village of Karnak and is located about 2.5 km north of Luxor. It was once linked to Luxor by a long avenue lined with sphinxes on both sides - only small sections of this avenue remain to this day. The complex contained several temples, the largest of which was the Precinct of Amun-Re. The smaller (though still large) Precinct of Mut and Precinct of Montu are closed to the public, but collectively, all three were the focus of Egyptian religion for much of Ancient Egyptian history. Although much of what we see today was built around 1500 BC or later, the earliest construction began in the 20th century BC and continued over a period of nearly 2000 years. The result is an enormous collection of adjacent structures and temples from various periods. An afternoon at al Karnak could suffice, but dedicating a whole day, two afternoons, or multiple visits, would be best to fully appreciate the Temple Complex of Karnak.

Egypt December 2007 Itinerary:
Cairo - Saqqara - Pyramids of Giza; Luxor - Karnak - Necropolis of Thebes; Aswan - Philae - Kalabsha; Abu Simbel; Cairo again.

  • Last visit to Al Karnak: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • wilocrek's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Very well thought out and organized page. The photos and tips were excellent. I'm visiting this Feb and feel like I have already been there!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Thank you Momo for bringing back sweet memories about this magnificent place. A lot of info and brilliant photos! Watching your pics I was almost sure you were alone in the Temple while crowds of tourists were waiting somewhere else. Ha-Ha!


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