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Karnak Temple
Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

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Ranked #1 in Luxor things to do
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El-Karnak, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
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The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isut (Most select of places) by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amun, Mut and Khonsu. ... Read more
This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many of the wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe inspiring.

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Foster City, California, USA

Karnak Temple of a must see in Luxor. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egypt and it was part of the monumental city of Thebes.

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Pennsylvania, USA

The Temple of Karnak is the largest religious complex ever built. It’s comprised of numerous temples, dedicated to the Theban Triad (Amun, Mut, and their son Khonsu). Each of these gods has their own precinct in Karnak. Highlights include the great hypostyle hall (columns in the middle row tower 80 feet), a beautiful sacred lake where you’re likely to spot kingfishers and other birds, Queen Hatshepsut’s obelisk, and an avenue of ram-headed sphinxes. A famous scene in Agatha Christie’s "Death on the Nile" takes place at Karnak.

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Manila

Just... amazing... Karnak is grand and humbling. To think that people built this. I can only imagine how awesome this place must have been in the past.

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Quincy, Florida, USA

You almost feel like you’re on a movie set as you stroll down the Avenue of the Rams, towards the gateway to the temple of Karnak. It’s just such a vast open-air museum, it’s difficult to comprehend how these intricately-carved, 33ft. columns (whose architraves alone, the decorated ‘molding’ at the top, weighed 70 tons), were hoisted out of the excavations, through manual labor. Scholars think the sand was built up, and a very complicated lever-system devised, with the addition of hundreds, or maybe thousands, of helping hands.

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Stuttgart, Germany

It's absolutley fascinating to visit the Karnak Temple, which is the biggest temple of Egypt.

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amazing and wonderful...also full of magic and history. ..outstanding place to visit.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

One of the first sights you will see when you visit Luxor. Easily accessible from town and very impressive. Relatively manageable but you'll want to seek out shade during the midday heat. A guided tour is a helpful way to understand what it was like originally and how it was used.

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Singapore, Singapore

It's a gorgeous temple and no word can best describe it. Full of Egyptian wisdom.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

I always wanted to go here ever since I saw James Bond battle it out with Jaws among the pylons. This place is immense and it must have been really something when it was in all it's glory.

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Dreamtown

Actually, I can say is : do not describe ... Words are nothing ... go and admire!
The size of this temple is amazing... it is like a history - book of the pharaonic-times till today. Stay not on the paths of the tourist flow: than you will discover things you will not find in any guidebook :-)

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Beautiful temple. Much of the original items are still intact and some of the carvings are fantastic. Try go go early in the morning, as there are usually not as may people 1st thing.

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So good, I went twice. It was better in February than May -- cooler & less overrun. Check out the newish Open Air Museum with Hatshepsut's reconstructed Bark Shrine of pink granite. For people interested in Egyptology, it's worth the extra entry fee. A good guide is useful -- there's just so much to see, it's mind numbing otherwise.

Beware the usual, though. On slow days, some of the guides are fakes who hide their official IDs -- just ask to see it. Also beware the local temple guards who actively solicit bribes. One racket is to let people climb onto middens in back of the Holy of Holies, then make a fuss and demand bribes ex post facto. The local governour is trying to put a stop to this, so they will back off quickly when you resist.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The most amazing of all the temples I saw

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Eisenberg, Germany

very nice temple

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Sydney, Australia

The amazing structure of the ancient Egypt will amaze you.

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Ismailia, Egypt

OOOH God How DId They Build That,,,, its freaking awesome

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Maribor, Slovenia

Unbelievably beautiful temple!

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Cairo, Egypt

Karnak temple, in Luxor, Egypt

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Karnak Temple is amazingly preserved and inspiring! A must see!!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Best going in the evening. They have a light show that is very good.

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