The Karnak Temple

May 28, 2010

The Karnak Temple Complex is located in Egypt, about 500 km south of Cairo, near the city in Upper (southern) Egypt, Luxor. This temple usually called Karnax, consist of large conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings. This temple was built with massive structure by Pharaoh Ramses II, around 1931 until 1351 BC.

The main part of Karnak is divided into some parts. Precinct of Amun-Re is the largest area that was dedicated to Amun-Re, the chief deity of the Theban Triad and consist of several colossal statues including the figure of Pinedjem I which is 10.5 meters tall.
Then other part, Precinct of Mut Located to the south of the newer Amen-Re complex, this precinct was dedicated to the mother goddess, Mut, who became identified as the wife of Amun-Re in the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad. It has several smaller temples associated with it and has its own sacred lake, constructed in a crescent shape.

Precinct of Montu is located to the north of the Amun-Re complex and is much smaller in size. It is not open to the public and dedicated to the son of Mut and Amun-Re, Montu, the war-god of the Theban Triad.

Last part is Temple of Amenhotep IV and constructed on the site was located to the east of the main complex, outside the walls of the Amun-Re precinct. It was destroyed immediately after the death of its builder.

An ancient sacred lake is part of the site as well. It is located near Luxor, some 500 km south of Cairo, in Egypt. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut ("The Most Selected of Places") and the main place of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes. The Karnak complex takes its name from the nearby and partly surrounded, modern village of el-Karnak, and some 2.5 km north of Luxor.


kesehaRian Ra-Kun said...

wow, great place :)

June 1, 2010 at 1:08 AM

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