Temple of Karnak, Luxor

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Within a city of towering obelisks, sanctuaries, and squares, Temple of Karnak is part of World Heritage-listed ancient ruins, once probably one of the largest religious sites ever built. Designed to be the earthly home of local divinities, the temple complex was constructed over a period of 1,500 years and was dedicated to the Theban triad, three Egyptian gods most worshipped in the region. Though the colors on the carved artworks have long since faded and the squares are now populated by tourists from around the world, the complex still maintains that ageless charm. Its scale, in terms of the height of its towers and the way it spreads out across the land, remains gigantic by any standards--it's easy to understand why the locals believed their gods resided here. Before you head to Luxor, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Luxor travel route builder app , to make sure you see all that Luxor has to offer, including Temple of Karnak.
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  • We visited the temple under guidance of a guide at the beginning of June at temperatures of as much as 50 °C. After crossing a large square you arrive at a Dubbelij row Rambeelden in honor of the God Amun. Inside the temple, the impressive columnist party of the Hypo Stelle Hall offers some shade in the heat. Striking are the many well-preserved (colour) drawings. A pity that some vandals also considered it necessary to make their own drawings in the farthest removed columns. The temple is impressively large and certainly worth a visit.
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  • The temple complex in Karnak is a very impressive structure, some of which is still in good structural condition. Access to the temple is via an avenue of sphinxes. Then we pass a large square past two statues into a complex with over 100 huge columns, all completely covered with hieroglyphics ... Really fascinating. Throughout the interior there are a variety of attractions, which you can not describe in detail ... You have to look at it. Don't forget to circumnavigate the scarab counter-clockwise seven times ... It's supposed to bring happiness. Britta Hohberg Hamburg
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  • I think it's a very nice place. If you have the opportunity to spend a few days in Egypt do the cruise on the Nile. You won't regret it. I guarantee you.
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