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"Day 1, Morning: Karnak, East Bank" Karnak Temple Tip by Q-Man

Karnak Temple, Luxor: 180 reviews and 338 photos

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  • Karnak Hall - Luxor
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This temple is very very big. The scale of all the structures, buildings and columns are immense. You will need about 3-4 hours to wander through everything so start early in day when the heat has yet to start. Be ready to wander through an avenue of ram-headed sphinxes into the temple of Seti II, the largest of the temple complex. Lose yourself in the great Hypostyle Hall among the towering columns. Enter the Inner Temple to see the 2 toweing obelisks of Hatshepsut. The list simply goes on.
When you are done, grab a lunch and head off to Luxor.

You can return later in the evening for a laser and sound show. It's garish, unimpressive and overdone. The only reason to do it is to walk the temple complex in the dark and imagine what it would be like thousands of years ago. As you gaze at the stars through the open roof temple, let your imagination run wild.

Beware of locals that ask you to follow them or try to act as a historian or tour guide. All that can offer is the obvious. Case in point: One of them may point to a carving of a hippo and tell you that it is a carving of a hippo. Then after a lengthy explanation behind the history of the carving, they ask for a donation. Save yourself the time and money, ignore them and find all these delightful things on your own.
The only time you may be tempted to follow one of these people is when they are supposed to be guarding off limit sites. They ask you to follow them quickly across a wooden barrier marked "off limits" to see some colored ancient paintings of past pharoahs and ancient gods. These are actually worth seeing.

Phone: +20 100 016 1564

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2007
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