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- Karnak Temple
- Alt Name:
- Precinct of Amun
- Ancient Egypt
- 2000BC - 1001BC
- Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings,
about Karnak Temple
The Karnak Temple, or rather the complex of temples of Karnak, in Luxor, Egypt is one of the most impressive of Ancient Egyptian sites and once formed part of the city of Thebes.
Sprawling over two square kilometres, the site known as the Karnak Temple was built and expanded by a succession of pharaohs, from those of the Middle Kingdom (1965-1920 BC) to the Ptolemaic dynasty (305 BC to 30 BC). The result is an incredible maze of temples, sanctuaries, sphinxes, columns and pylons amidst other ancient buildings.
One of the most important and impressive sites at the Karnak Temple complex is the Temple of Amun-Ra, with its world famous Great Hypostyle Hall. Debate still continues as to whether this looming structure with its 69 foot columns was created by Amenhotep III or Seti I, although it was completed by Ramses II.
Vast and full of fascinating sites, Karnak Temple is one of Egypt’s most visited sites. Most people take a couple of hours at the Karnak Temple, but this is only really enough to scratch the surface of this ancient complex.
Together with the Luxor Temple and the Valley of the Kings, the Karnak Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This site also features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Egypt.
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Address: Karnak Temple, El Shiakh Mosa Road, Karnak, Luxor, Egypt
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Karnak Temple is located in the city of Luxor, Egypt, near the east bank of the Nile. Luxor has an international airport, located around 4km east of the centre. The site is not far from Luxor’s train station, which operates sleeper trains to Cairo (9 hrs) and day trains (10 hrs) as well as to other locations in Egypt. Luxor is also accessible by bus from Cairo (11 hrs) from Sharm El-Sheik (15 hrs and from Hurghada, (5 hrs). Several tour companies offer trips to Karnak Temple, especially from Hurghada.
The entrance fee for Karnak Temple is around 50 EGP.
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