Situated about 3km from Luxor, on the East Bank of the Nile, the Temple of Karnak is actually a large complex of three main temples, dedicated to Amun (aka Amun-Re, Amon or Amen) Montu and Mut. The great temple of Amun is the largest temple supported by columns in the world, and it is said that it could contain the Notre Dame de Paris within it. The great temple is over 100 metres long, and over 50 metres wide, and contains 134 columns, each 23 metres high.
Originally there was a straight avenue between Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak, and it was lined on each side by large human headed Sphinxes, which were carved from sandstone. In recent years major work has been undertaken to uncover and restore the avenue and the Sphinxes, and hopefully it won’t be too long before you will be able to walk the 3km avenue from one temple to the other.
One of the optional excursions available is a ‘Sound & Light Show’ held at the Temple of Karnak in the evening once it is dark, where you will see and hear some of the history of the temple.
I visited the temple in January 2011 and June 2014, so if you would like any details about Nile cruise excursions, or would like to book your own Nile cruise, just call EgyptIan at Nile Cruises with GoCruise, on 01455821770 or 08002922850.
The following photos and the video were taken by me in 2014, and the video shows the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor, the Colossi of Memnon, Howard Carter’s House, the replica tomb of Tutankhamun, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.