Why is the temple at Karnak so famous?

Why is the temple at Karnak so famous?

The Karnak Temple dates back from around 2055 BC to around 100 AD. It was built as a cult temple and was dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut, and khonsu. Being the largest building for religious purposes ever to be constructed, the Karnak Temple was known as “most select of places” by ancient Egyptians.

Who built the temple complex of Karnak?

Built by Ramesses III, a king who reigned from 1186 to 1155 B.C., the temple is about 230 feet (70 meters) by 88 feet (27 meters). The columns in its hall measure about 23 feet (7 meters) tall.

What is Karnak famous for?

It was, at its peak, the largest and most important religious complex in ancient Egypt. The most significant structure, and the largest religious building ever built, is the Temple of Amun-Ra, considered to be where that god lived on earth with his wife, Mut, and son, Khonsu, who also have temples at the site.

What happened at Temple of Karnak?

The temple that Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) constructed on the site was located east of the main complex, outside the walls of the Amun-Re precinct. It was destroyed immediately after the death of its builder, who had attempted to overcome the powerful priesthood who had gained control over Egypt before his reign.

Is Luxor and Karnak the same?

The Temple of Karnak is located in present-day Luxor, which was known as Waset to the Ancient Egyptians and Thebes to the Ancient Greeks. More than 40,000 people called the city home, and it served as Egypt’s capital during the Middle and New Kingdoms.

Can you go inside the Karnak Temple?

As mentioned, part of the Karnak Temple Complex is open to the public. Entry costs 150 EGP, though if you’re a student make sure you show your ID card as you can get in for a reduced fee!

Is Karnak Temple free?

How can I go to Karnak?

Getting Here. Walk along the Corniche: If it’s not too hot, it’s easy enough to walk from downtown Luxor along the Corniche (Nile-side road) to Karnak. By Private Taxi: All taxi drivers in town can shuttle you to the site. There are always taxis hanging about at the entrance for when you exit.

How long do you need at Karnak Temple?

The temple at Karnak is rightly one of the great archaeological sites in the world. Be ready to spend a few hours there.