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Saturday, 6 July 2013

Temples of Karnak

Avenue of Criosphinxes (lions with heads of rams)

First Court

Temple of Ramses III

Reliefs retain traces of original paint

Hypostyle Hall

Obelisk of Thutmes I

Reliefs on the wall of the Seventh Pylon

Sety I on his chariot with captives

Painted columns and roof of the Festival Hall

Osiris Statue at entrance to Temple of Thutmes III

Papyrus-bundle columns

Open Air Museum

The White Chapel of Senusret I

Relief on the White Chapel of Senusret I


  1. I went there many years ago, it remains one of my best memories ...Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Phil, Luxor has amazing sites!


  2. Definitely worth a visit, maybe not at the moment 'tho...


  3. Mike! Amazing photos from a trip of the lifetime. I've been an "Egyptologist" for years and as luck would have it, I just scored a huge 15mm unpainted Egyptian army at BT.

    Did you just get back? It is scary right now and I wish the country the best in seeing their way through these difficult times.

  4. Monty we went there in 2009, it would be scary there at the moment! I have heaps of photos from other sites that I haven't posted yet.

    Good to hear your an "Egyptologist" and have a huge 15mm army! I'm a bit of a biblical nut with quite a few armies including a large NKE army.


    In ancient Egypt, the power of the god Amun of Thebes gradually increased during the early New Kingdom, and after the short persecution led by Akhenaten program, it peaked. Under the reign of Ramses III, more than two thirds of the property belonging to the temples belonged to Amun, evidenced by the splendid buildings of Karnak. Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt situated on 100 hectares (247 acres) of land. Karnak is actually the sites modern name. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, which means "more Select (or sacred) places."This vast complex was built and enlarged over a period of thirteen hundred years. The three main temples of Mut, Montu and Amun are enclosed by enormous brick walls. The open air museum is situated north of the first courtyard in front of the sacred lake. The main complex, the temple of Amun, is situated in the center of the entire complex. The Temple of Montu is north of the temple of Amun, and next door to the inside of the wall is the temple of Ptah, while the Temple of Mut is to the south. There is also a small temple dedicated to Khonsu, and next to it, an even smaller Opet temple. In fact, there are a number of smaller temples and chapels spread about Karnak, such as Osiris Hek-Djet temple (Heqadjet), which is actually inside the wall of the temple of Amun.The sacred lake of Karnak

    In TheGreat Temple of Amun, the Second Pylon of Karnak was built byRamesses II. ThePtolemies done some extensive repairs and a new building on the central section. Oddly, they left the columns and the facade of the first tower and left unfinished ramp mud bricks where he was. The reason why the work left unfinished is not clear.

    The hypostyle hall is after crossing the second tower. The room is considered one of the greatest architectural masterpieces in the world. Construction began during the reign of duringRamesses I. He was the king who founded the Nineteenth Dynasty and was king for one year. The work continued underSeti I (1306 - 1290 BC). Seti I also built theTemple Abydos and many other temples. The room was done by the son of Seti I, Ramses II. The effects which are produced inside the room are very different from what they were originally. The huge architraves are not above the capitals dominate. Towards the center of the room, several architraves and windows that mesh stone remain.