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"Karnak is a City, Not Just a Temple" Top 5 Page for this destination Karnak Temple Tip by atufft

Karnak Temple, Luxor: 180 reviews and 338 photos

  West Entrance at Avenue of Sphinxes
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  • West Entrance at Avenue of Sphinxes - Luxor
      West Entrance at Avenue of Sphinxes
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  • Overview from East Gate area - Luxor
      Overview from East Gate area
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  • Another Overview from East Gate Area - Luxor
      Another Overview from East Gate Area
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  • Sacred Lake and Fragments - Luxor
      Sacred Lake and Fragments
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  • 8th Pylon under reconstruction - Luxor
      8th Pylon under reconstruction
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Lonely Planet notes that the history of Karnak began during the Middle Kingdom period, when Theban Pharoahs first ruled Egypt, but that the majority of the columns, obelisks, reliefs, and pylons were efforts of New Kingdom rulers. The period of construction, maintenance, restoration, and enlargement spanned some 1500 years. Huge ceremonial parades on the Avenue of Sphinxes between Luxor Temple and Karnak. Alexander arrived to rebuild at Luxor Temple, but by the time the Romans arrived, Luxor Temple and Karnak were already mostly in ruins. Construction and interest continued though even through Ptolemaic and early Christian times. The following images show the entrance and overview of Karnak. At the east gate, there is a great place to climb up and get an overview shot. At the time I visited, the 8th Pylon was being reconstructed, and the area around the sacred lake was littered with numbered fragments.

Directions: Most Hotels along Nile river esplande have easy walking access to Karnak. Walk south.
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  • Written Apr 9, 2006
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