Karnak Temple

When it comes to Egyptian ancient civilization, Luxor is one of Egypt’s most valuable inheritances. The Karnak Temple is one of Luxor’s great temples, among a plethora of incredible ancient monuments.

The Karnak Temple Complex consists of a number of temples, chapels, and other buildings arranged in the shape of a village; thus, the name Karnak was given to this complex because Karnak means ‘fortified village’ in Arabic.

Where Is Karnak Temple?

The Karnak temple is located in Karnak, Luxor Governorate, Egypt’s south, on the east bank of the Nile River.

When was the Karnak Temple constructed?

The Karnak Temple was built between 2055 BC and 100 AD. It was constructed as a cult temple for the gods Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. The Karnak Temple was known as the “most select of places” by ancient Egyptians because it was the largest religious building ever built.

What gods were Amun, Mut, and Khonsu?


Amun was the Egyptian god of the sun and air. He was also known as Amon, Ammon, and Amen. Amun is regarded as one of the most important gods in ancient Egyptian civilization from 1570 to 1069 BCE, at the beginning of the rise of the New Kingdom.


Mut Also known as Maut and Mout, Mut was a goddess worshiped by old Egyptians. The meaning of her title is ‘mother’ and thus she was known as the mother goddess. For a few, she was known as the mother of everything within the world, and for others, they recognized her as the mother of the moon child god khonsu.


Khonsu Known as the child of goddess Mut, Khonsu was the antiquated Egyptian god of the Moon. The meaning of his title is ‘traveler’.

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The Significance of the Karnak Temple

During the new Kingdom, the Karnak Sanctuary Complex was the center of the antiquated confidence whereas control was concentrated at Thebes (modern-day Luxor) and its centrality is reflected in its colossal measure. In expansion to its devout importance, it was moreover served as a treasury, authoritative center, and royal residence for the Modern Kingdom pharaohs. It is to this day considered as the biggest sanctuary complex ever built anyplace within the world. It created over a period of 1500 a long time, included to by era after era of pharaohs and coming about in a collection of sanctuaries, havens, pylons, and other enhancements that’s unparalleled all through Egypt. While the stature of its significance was amid the new Kingdom and amid the rules of popular pharaohs such as Hatshepsut, Tuthmose III, Seti I and Ramesses II, all contributed critical augmentations to the complex, development proceeded into the Greco-Roman Period with the Ptolemies, Romans, and early Christians all leaving their mark there.

Visit Karnak Temple 

Complex Karnak is separated into three compounds: the region of Amun, the region of Mut, and the area of Montu; be that as it may, for most guests the biggest of these, the area of Amun, is sufficient. It may be a complicated layout alone diminutive people each other location that you simply will visit in Egypt.

 The area of Amun contains all of the foremost popular areas of the Karnak complex, counting the bewildering Awesome Hypostyle Corridor. This corridor of 134 enormous columns is one of the foremost impressive places in all of Egypt. Going into the point by point depiction of the diverse components that make up the complex may be a near-endless errand that we are going take off to a visit direct to clarify it whereas you wonder at it. Instead, we are going essentially recommend that you just permit bounty of time to investigate this tremendous complex, and appreciate the numerous amazing sights inside it.

Envision how awe-inspiring it must have been over 2000 thousand a long time back when these tremendous structures were recently developed Like all of the major sights in Egypt, Karnak has a sound and light show that is offered in several different languages. The show takes place 3 times a night, but you should consult your tour guide or your hotel about the languages of the various showings.

Wadjet Hall

Wadjet Hall was to begin with built by Thutmose I, close the most asylum, between the fourth and fifth arches. The lobby measures almost 246 feet by 46 feet; it was utilized for the king’s royal celebration and heb-sed festival. The heb-sed celebration ordinarily would take put 30 a long time after a lord came to the position of royalty and after that each three a long time a while later. Amid this celebration, the ruler would run around a heb-sed court performing deeds of quality to illustrate his capacity to proceed to run the show Egypt.

The Great Hypostyle Hall

Incredible Hypostyle Hall is maybe the foremost incredible building at Karnak. It was built to the west to the most haven, along the most entranceway. It was built by Lord Seti, a lord who ruled from 1290 to 1279 B.C. The building is almost 337 feet by 170 feet. There are 134 columns in add up to; the biggest twelve are 70 feet tall and bolster the central portion of the structure. The other 122 columns are around 40 feet tall. On the exterior dividers are scenes appearing Seti and his successor, Ramesses II, destroying their foes from Libya, Syria and the Levant. Not long after its development, the corridor got to be the setting for crowning ritual and heb-sed ceremonies, supplanting the Wadjet corridor.

Karnak’s Pylons

Starting in the New Kingdom and continuing in the centuries after, Egyptian rulers would gradually create a series of 10 pylons at Karnak. These pylons would function as gateways of sorts; they were connected to each other through a network of walls.

The Pylons were often decorated with scenes depicting the ruler who built them. At Karnak, the pylons start near the main sanctuary and go in two different directions. One set of six pylons faces west, towards the Nile River and ends in an entrance lined with an avenue of small sphinxes and the other set of four pylons faces south along a processional route used for ceremonies.

Curiously Actualities almost the Karnak Temple

● Karnak is an open-air exhibition hall. It is considered to be the biggest devout building or location within the world.

● The 54,000 square feet Great Hypostyle Lobby within the Karnak Sanctuary is expansive sufficient to fit the Cathedral of Notre Woman comfortably.

● Over eighty thousand workers and slaves were alloted the errand of serving Amon-Ra in Karnak, appearing his control and significance at the time, moreover 5,000 statues were raised in his honor.

you can visit Karnak temple during your Nile Cruise trip between Aswan and Luxor with Al Sahel Travel.

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