Tuesday, 20 December 2016


The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak, comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Building at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut ("The Most Selected of Places") and the main place of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes. The Karnak complex gives its name to the nearby, and partly surrounded, modern village of El-Karnak, 2.5 kilometres north of Luxor. Also, Karnak was a high-precision ancient astronomical observatory according to Norman Lockyer.

The complex is a vast open-air museum, and the second largest ancient religious site in the world, after the Angkor Wat Temple of Cambodia. It is believed to be the second most visited historical site in Egypt; only the Giza Pyramids near Cairo receive more visits. It consists of four main parts, of which only the largest is currently open to the general public. The term Karnak often is understood as being the Precinct of Amun-Ra only, because this is the only part most visitors see. The three other parts, the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Montu, and the dismantled Temple of Amenhotep IV, are closed to the public. There also are a few smaller temples and sanctuaries connecting the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Amun-Re, and the Luxor Temple. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage precinct.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. I visited Karnak the week of my 50th birthday. But as I was on a tour and the guides are always in a hurry I could not see as much as I had wanted :(

  2. Wonderful set of images. Thank you for sharing a place that most of us will never be able to visit.

  3. Karnak is a most impressive site. Unless you have walked through it in person you can not imagine it's magnificence. I wish that everyone could have that experience.
    Fabulous photographs, as always.

  4. Amazing. Such marvelous photos of a wonderful historic site.
    Thank you for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/12/visiting-bethlehem-gloria-in-excelsis.html

  5. I so envy you seeing this. Wow would I love to go there. A very special site. Stunning photos.


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