The Karnak temple.

The Karnak temple is located in Karnak, in Luxor Governorate, in the south of Egypt on the east side of the Nile River bank, it is the largest religious building ever constructed. Placed in one of Egypt’s most precious cities which is Luxor.  Luxor is one of Egypt’s most precious inheritances when it comes to Egyptian ancient civilization. Luxor is considered to be an open-air museum with an enormous number of ancient monuments, yet Karnak Temple is one of the most important ones.

The word Karnak means “fortified village” it was named after how it was designed as it consists of a number of temples, chapels, and other buildings in the form of a village.

 It was built as a cult temple and was dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut, and was built in 2055 BC to around 100 AD. Being the largest building for religious purposes ever to be constructed, the Karnak Temple was also known by “most select of places” by ancient Egyptians, it has been developing for over a period of 1500 years, added to by generation after generation of pharaohs which resulted to a  collection of temples, sanctuaries, pylons, with other decorations that is unparalleled throughout Egypt.

The Karnak Temple Complex operated as the heart of the ancient religion during the New Kingdom, when Thebes (modern-day Luxor) was the center of authority. Its magnitude is a reflection of its significance.

In addition to its sacred significance, it served as the New Kingdom pharaohs' treasury, administrative heart, and palace. The structure is still regarded as the biggest temple complex ever built anywhere in the globe.

The precincts of Amun, Mut, and Montu make up the three compounds that form up the temple of Karnak. The precinct of Amun, the greatest of these, is sufficient for the majority of visitors. The site's intricate layout dwarfs all the other Egyptian attractions combined.

The gods and the earth, according to the Egyptians, ran out of energy toward the conclusion of the annual agricultural cycle and needed a new supply of energy from the chaotic energy of the cosmos.

Every year at Karnak and Luxor, the Opet festival was celebrated in order to carry out this mystical regeneration. In addition to being a celebration of the connection between the pharaoh and the god Amun, it lasted for twenty-seven days. The procession travelled 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) south from Karnak to Luxor Temple, where it came to an end.

All of the most well-known areas of the Karnak complex, especially the towering Great Hypostyle Hall, are located inside the precinct of Amun. One of the most stunning locations in all of Egypt is this hall made up of 134 huge columns. We shall leave it to a tour guide to explain the many components of the complex in detail while you are in amazement of it because doing so would be a near-endless task.

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Yet We will merely advise you to set aside plenty of time to tour this enormous complex and take in all of its spectacular features. Imagine how impressive it must have been when these enormous monuments were being built more than 2,000 years ago. Karnak also offers a multilingual sound and light show that is available, just like all of Egypt's big attractions. The musical runs three times each night, however the language of each performance should be confirmed with your tour guide. 

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