"Luxor - Temple of Karnak" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Myndo

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Karnak ... Although a big part of that structure is in ruins today, one can still imagine, why the Egyptians called this Ipet Isut (the prfect place).
The biggest Temple are of all times (!) was built over a time of 1500 years. With 1.5km lenghth and about 0.7km wide it hosts easily the Peters Dome, Notre Dame and Milan at the same time.
When Theben was Egypts capital city, Karnak was its religious Centre It was also residence of the Pharao, Center of the Gouvernment and very rich. To the Temple belonged 65 Villages, 2400 square kilometers land 83 Ships and about 1/2 Million Cattle.

Karnak consisted of 3 parts. The main part - dedicated to god Amun was located in the Center and the big Amun Temple together with holy lake. Most visitors think this is all, but that is not true. In the south the district of Amuns wife Mut is adjacent and in the north the district of the old theban falcon god Montu.

A lot of Pharaos have built at this Complex, Hatschepsut, Thutmosis III, Sethos I und Ramses II. and many more. In the later times the Ptolomäer, Römer and early Christians left their traces.

Directions: North part of the City Luxor.

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  • Updated Dec 5, 2004
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