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|Subject: Karnak Temple Near Luxor 13/11/2010, 8:16 pm|| |
Karnak Temple is located in a small ancient village in Egypt calledal-Karnak. The village is located on the Nile River’s banks about 2.5kilometers north from Luxor. The Karnak Temple is twice as big as thevillage area and has become the village’s most popular attraction. Thearea of the temple is an enormous open-air museum, as well as thebiggest ancient religious site worldwide. The Karnak Temple is probablyEgypt’s second most visited site of historical value, next to thePyramids of Giza.The temple has 4 main parts, and only one of them is accessible tothe general public and tourists. It is also the main part of thetemple, as well as the biggest by far. Based on this, one can redefineKarnak as the Precinct of Amon-Re, because this is the only part thatvisitors see. Aside from the other 3 parts, there are a few othersanctuaries and temples located on the outside of the enclosing walls,as well as many avenues of sphinxes with ram heads that connect thePrecinct of Mut, the Luxor Temple, and the Precinct of Amon-Re.The major difference between the Karnak Temple and many of the othersites in Egypt is how long the temple took to develop, as well as howlong it was used. The construction of the temple started during the16th century B.C. About 30 pharaohs gave a contribution to thebuildings, which enabled it to reach a diversity, complexity, and sizethat isn’t seen anywhere else in the world. There aren’t many uniqueindividual features of Karnak, but the number and size of the featuresis amazing.