The Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes was the Pharaoh’s capital and cultural center. In the area called Ipet-Isut, which meant the most select of places, two big temple complexes, KarnakTemple complex and Luxor Temple were constructed with a pathway of sphinxes connecting them.
The Karnak Temple Complex is spread over one hundred hectares making it the largest religious site in the world. Many pharaohs contributed to the construction of the Karnak Temple. The Karnak Temple was built over a period of 1300 years. Paintings and reliefs decorate the walls and columns of the Karnak Temple telling us stories of the life and exploits of the Pharaohs.
|Karnak Temple Coordinates: 25°43′7″N 32°39′27″E|
|Time Zone||EST (UTC+2)|
|- Summer (DST)||+3 (UTC)|
The Karnak Temple Complex consists of 4 precincts
Only the precinct of Amun-Re in the Karnak Temple is open to the general public.
Each of the precincts of the Karnak Temple lies within a walled area. There are temples and sanctuaries outside the walled areas and avenues of sphinxes and gods that connect the 4 precincts.
The precinct of Amun-Re is the largest in the Karnak Temple. It is dedicated to the God - Amun of Thebes, a lesser-known deity who rose to power from a humble start to a stature where he owned two-thirds of all the property owned by the temples.
The Hypostyle Hall is the most astounding feature of the Karnak Temple. It is made of sandstone transported from a place 100 miles away. In a hall that covers an area of 50000 sq. ft., stand 134 columns, each 3 meters in diameter. 12 of these columns are 21 meters tall and the rest rise to a height of 10 meters.
There is a record of only one female Pharaoh in Ancient Egyptian history – Hatshepsut. Two red granite obelisks were built by her, of them only one remains. The obelisk stands 90 feet tall, Egypt’s tallest.
To get to Karnak Temple from Cairo, you will have to travel about 500 km. The grandeur and the beauty of the temple are such that people travel to great lengths to see it making it second-most visited historical tourist destination in Egypt.
|Karnak Temple Site Information|
|Names:||Karnak Temple; Ipetisut (The Most Select of Places)|
|Dedication:||Amun and the Theban Triad|
|Category:||Egyptian temples; World Heritage Sites|
|Date:||16th century BC-300 BC|
|Size:||Area: 1 mile x 2 miles or 247 acres|
|Photo gallery:||Karnak Temple Photo Gallery|
|Karnak Temple Visitor Information|
|Address:||Luxor Tourist Office, Nile St, Luxor, Egypt|
|Coordinates:||25.718333° N, 32.657778° E (view on Google Maps)|
|Phone:||(095) 382 215 or (095) 373 294|
|Public transport:||Bus, taxi or caleche from Luxor city center (see Getting There above).|
|Opening hours:||Summer: daily 6am–6:30pm
|Cost:||£E50 adults, £E25 students|
|Facilities:||cafe near Sacred Lake; toilets near grandstand and open-air museum|
|Show||1st Show||2nd Show||3rd Show||4th Show|
|Show "Winter"||6:00 P.M.||7:15 P.M.||8:30 P.M.||9:45 P.M.|
|Show "Summer"||8:00 P.M.||9:15 P.M.||10:30 P.M.||11:45 P.M.|
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|Day / Time||8:00 PM||9:15PM||10:30||11.45|
|Fees||75 EGP||75 EGP||75 EGP||75 EGP|