"The Sacred Lake of Karnak" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Muya

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  The Sacred Lake of Karnak
by Muya

The Sacred Lake of Karnak is the best preserved one within an Egyptian temple. Measuring 130 x 77m, the lake was mainly used by the priests of Amun for their ritual purification in the morning.

It was also the place where each day, a goose was set free at sunrise. Ancient Egyptians used to associate Amun with a goose, before choosing the ram as his symbolic representation.

The Sacred Lake was also the symbol of the Nun, the primordial ocean from which all life was born. On the edge of the Lake, staircases descended into the water, enabling the priest or the pharaoh to ritually reach the Nun.

All around the Lake were the storerooms and the priests? quarters.

Address: Temple of Karnak

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  • Written Jun 16, 2005
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