"Karnak Temple" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Jannick_L.

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The way to the entrance of the temple is flanked with sphinxes, here in Karnak they have the head of a ram. The ram was a symbol of the god Amun for whom the temple was built.
The Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple was begun during the reign of King Sety I (c.1290-1279 B.C.) and was completed by his son, Ramesses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.) The size of the columns is gigantic. Remember that in ancient times the whole of this hall was roofed with stone slabs, and the interior was quite dark. Nowadays the roof has dissapeared, but it is very impressive even without a roof.
Beyond the Third Pylon and in the Central Court of Karnak Temple is the Obelisk of Thutmose I (c.1493-1479 B.C.) The obelisk is 21.7 metres high and weighs 143 tons. It was cut out in the region of Aswan and brought by boat to the temple of Karnak. Crazy people those Egyptians !!

Directions: East bank of the Nile near Luxor.

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  • Written Dec 20, 2004
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