The Karnak Temple is the largest and one of the most important temples in Egypt, and one of the largest pharaonic kingdoms in Egypt, as it provides a rich record of the Egyptian civilization from the Middle Kingdom to the Ptolemaic period, spanning about 2000 years.
Karnak Temple in Luxor
Karnak temple complex is an immense temple that is considered one of the most ancient places in the whole country of Egypt. Giza Pyramids in Cairo is the only place that can compete with the greatness of this amazing Temple complex, it consists of four main parts in which the most inclusive part is the only part that is allowed to be visited by tourists.
The other three parts are smaller temples for Mut, Monto, and Amenhotep IV (who is also known as Akhenaten) and they are not allowed to be visited. Also, smaller refuges and temples connect the main part with the other three smaller parts that exist in the temple.
Karnak Temple Facts
When you visit the temple you are visiting the heart of the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom when you get to visit Karnak temple in Luxor as this wide temple complex was the center of ancient Egyptian religion when the power was concentrated at Luxor (Thebes during ancient Egypt), and its value appears in being very big in size and for its religious significance, the temple served as the center for administration besides of being the largest temple complex of the New Kingdom Pharaohs of ancient Egypt to be ever built in any other cultures.
It is the largest monumental complex ever built, Karnak is the most important site in Pharaonic Egypt. Enlarged by successive dynasties, its development has continued for over 1500 years and is today a collection of sanctuaries, pylons, and obelisks, a true historical open-air stone archive
Karnak Temple’s peak was during the period of the New Kingdom, Hatshepsut, Ramses II, and other kings take part in such a valuable addition to the temple complex, and even rulers from the Greco-roman area continued buildings and restorations afterward.
The most important temple which belongs to Amun consists of the most well-known sections of the whole temple complex which includes the Great Hypostyle Hall which consists of 134 enormous columns and is considered to be the most amazing site in Egypt. Its excavations and wall inscriptions can not be missed to visit.
A sound and light show takes place every night at Karnak temple and is shown in many languages at 3 different times per day, but you should consult your tour guide or your hotel about the languages of the various showings. That amazing laser data show is a great experience to learn about ancient Egyptian history.