TEMPLE OF KARNAK

The temple complex at Karnak was started in the middle kingdom and developed through to Ptolemaic times. Approximately thirty pharaohs contributed to the buildings, enabling it to reach a size, complexity, and diversity not seen elsewhere.

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TEMPLE OF KARNAK (MAP)

On route we crossed the 2.5km avenue of the Sphinxes linking Luxor and Karnak temples Walking from the visitor complex to the temple over this vast ancient walkway The Ram's headed Sphinxes of Amun
The Rams headed Sphinx (#)
These Sphinxes line the entrance to the temple and the other side. There were more inside the pylon too Entering the first pylon we see the mud-brick ramp used in its construction
A small sphinx found in the courtyard (#) The entrance to the Temple of Ramesses III Ramesses III with leg forward alive and active
note the crown of upper and lower Egypt (#) Inside the temple of Ramesses III (#) Looking back towards the entrance with the temple of Seti II where we sheltered from the sun (#)
The only remaining of ten giant columns from the pavilion of Tarharqa Colossus of Pinudjem (usurped from Ramesses II) with legs together and arms crossed in mortuary pose Entering the Great Hypostyle hall
Inside the Great Hypostyle hall showing the window from the lower columns to the higher ones The centre of the great hypostyle hall featured taller columns with open bud capitols whilst the outer columns were shorter and featured closed bud capitols
Knowing how easy it was to erase another Pharaoh's name and replace it with his own, Ramesses II had is cartouche deeply engraved so to last forever Noting the colour still visible under the open capitols This view shows the tall central columns and the shorter outer ones topped with windows
The only remaining of four Thutmoses I pink granite obelisks One of two Obelisks from Hatshepsut. Her successor Thutmoses III had it hidden by building a wall around it Like her obelisks this statue of Hatshepsut was built over by Thutmoses III in an attempt to erase her from history
Ramesses II The Gate of Ramesses IX leading to the sacred lake (and the fallen obelisk) Legend has it that if you walk around Amenhotep III's granite scarab 3 or 7 times it will bring you good luck
The fallen obelisk (#) Colourful scene of Horus and Thoth giving life to Hatshepsut vandalised by Thutmoses III another scene from the same wall in the sanctuary of Thutmoses III
A model of the original temple complex located at the visitors centre from a different angle looking towards Luxor temple and looking towards the Nile. Temples typically face the Nile
(#) - image supplied by Don Anderson

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