Karnak Temple

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.

Inside the Karnak Temple

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

The Karnak Temple Information

Karnak Temple Coordinates: 25°43′7″N 32°39′27″E
Country  Egypt
Governorate Luxor Governorate
Time Zone EST (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

The Karnak Temple Complex consists of 4 precincts

  1. Precinct of Amun-Re
  2. Precinct of Montu
  3. Precinct of Mut
  4. Temple of Amenhotep IV

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 in the Karnak Temple

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 Hypostle Hall at the Karnak Temple

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.

The Obelisk at the Karnak Temple

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 Quick Facts

Karnak Temple Site Information
Names: Karnak Temple; Ipetisut (The Most Select of Places)
Location: Luxor, Egypt
Faith: Ancient Egyptian
Dedication: Amun and the Theban Triad
Category: Egyptian temples; World Heritage Sites
Architecture: Egyptian
Date: 16th century BC-300 BC
Size: Area: 1 mile x 2 miles or 247 acres
Status: ruins
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
Winter: 6am–5:30pm
Cost: £E50 adults, £E25 students
Facilities: cafe near Sacred Lake; toilets near grandstand and open-air museum

Pyramids

  • Saqqara
  • Giza

Temples

  • Karnak Temple
  • Luxor
  • Dendara
  • Philae
  • Madinat Habu
  • Kom Ombo

Karnak Temple Spectators Timings

Show 1st Show 2nd Show 3rd Show 4th Show
Monday English French German Spanish
Tuesday Japanese English French -
Wednesday German English French -
Thursday Arabic English French -
Friday English French Spanish -
Saturday French English Italian -
Sunday German English Italian French
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.

Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show Schedule

Show First Show  Second Show  Third Show Fourth Show 
Day / Time 8:00 PM  9:15PM  10:30 11.45
Saturday French English Italian  
Sunday German English Italian French
Monday English French Spanish  
Tuesday   Japanese English  
Wednesday German English French  
Thursday   English French Arabic
Friday English French    
Fees 75 EGP 75 EGP  75 EGP 75 EGP