Karnak Temple Complex

Historic Site in Luxor

Karnak Temple Complex
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Karnak Temple Complex, also known as Karnak, is a large collection of ruined temples, pylons, chapels, and other structures located near Luxor, Egypt. The site was originally named Ipet-isut, meaning “The Most Selected of Places,” and was the primary location of worship for the Theban Triad of the 18th Dynastic period, with Amun as its main deity. Construction at the complex started during the Middle Kingdom, under the reign of Senusret I, around 2000-1700 BCE, and continued through to the Ptolemaic Kingdom. While most of the surviving buildings date back to the New Kingdom era. Karnak Temple Complex is situated within the city of Thebes and in 1979, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the rest of the city. The nearby village of El-Karnak, located 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) north of Luxor, takes its name from the Karnak complex.

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Visiting Karnak Temple Complex




adult/student LE120/60, incl open-air museum LE150/75

Address: Karnak Temple Complex, Karnak, Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours
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