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This photo was taken in 2007 at Karnak temple (Egypt. Africa).

The Karnak temple complex, universally known only as Karnak, describes a vast conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings. It is located near Luxor in Egypt. This was ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut (“The Most Selected of Places”), the main place of worship of the Theban Triad with Amun as its head, in the monumental city of Thebes. The complex retrieves its current name from the nearby and partly surrounding modern village of el-Karnak, some 2.5km north of Luxor.
The complex is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. It is probably the second most visited historical site in Egypt, second only to the Giza Pyramids near Cairo. It consists of four main parts (precincts) of which only one is accessible for tourists and the general public. This is the Precinct of Amun-Re, and this it is also the main part of the complex and by far the largest part. The term Karnak is often understood as being the Precinct of Amun-Re only, as this is the only part most visitors normally see. The three other parts, the Precinct of Montu, the Precinct of Mut and the Temple of Amenhotep IV (dismantled), are closed to the public. There also are a few smaller temples and sanctuaries located outside the enclosing walls of the four main parts, as well as several avenues of human and ram-headed sphinxes connecting the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Amon-Re, and Luxor Temple.
The key difference between Karnak and most of the other temples and sites in Egypt is the length of time over which it was developed and used. Construction work began in the 16th century BC. Approximately thirty pharaohs contributed to the buildings, enabling it to reach a size, complexity, and diversity not seen elsewhere. Few of the individual features of Karnak are unique, but the size and number of features are overwhelming.

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Comments

  • Headcrime
    Headcrimeover 6 years ago

    Great shot! Very eyecatching!

  • tessabishop
    tessabishopover 6 years ago

    What an amzing place, a stunning capture, and fascinating text

  • TaoLens
    TaoLensover 6 years ago

    fantastic sense of scale here. Back in those days, things we built to last :)

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyover 6 years ago

    What a fab shot. The temples have such a strong feeling around the man and the lighting and colours are lovely. Well done.

  • Timana
    Timanaover 6 years ago

    I love the colours in this shot.

  • aila
    ailaover 6 years ago

    Amazing place.Fantastic photo.

  • Alessandro Pinto
    Alessandro Pintoover 6 years ago

    Tremendous shot.. Enchanting place and composition for a truly awesome picture !

  • lallymac
    lallymacover 6 years ago

    What a stunner – I love the symmetry and colour of the piillars, they are so imposing but that one person makes an even more dramatic impact! Great job.

  • David DeWitt
    David DeWittover 6 years ago

    What a great shot! The man in the picture makes the picture come to life and gives perspective to the great size of the pillars.

  • shanmclean
    shanmcleanover 6 years ago

    I went there last year, isn’t it just stunning?! I dion’t know if I got any pictures as good as this tho!

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