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“Magnificent temple” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Karnak Open Air Museum

Karnak Open Air Museum
Luxor, Egypt
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Ranked #5 of 47 Attractions in Luxor
Type: Ancient Ruins, Museums
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“Magnificent temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Built with large stones and with tall.structure, very impressive temple with very rich history. Don't miss it.

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“Do not miss Sekhmet!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The Open-air museum should not be confused with the Karnak temple, to which it belongs. You have to pay a separate entry ticket of approximately 40 Egyptian Pounds and is not visited by gourps, granting you a short but nice run away from the crowd.
It contains reconstructed temples from pieces found in the pillars or other structures (you can still see the major restauration works going on).
Do not miss the statue of Sekhmet! It is located in a hidden chapel which is always closed. Do not be shy and ask a guardian; for as little as 10 egyptian pounds they will run to the rescue, will rummage with the lock and will let you in.

Visited March 2014
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“Karnak temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

You cant visit Luxor and not take in the sights. The history is breath taking. This is probably the one location you need to visit twice during your stay in Luxor 1 during the daytime so as to get a real taste of the Temple and how it grew. Then in the evening to witness the light and sound show well worth the effort on both occasions

Visited August 2013
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“Big space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Fantastic history but very large and open not much shade in the heat of the day - make sure you walk around the scarab and see the sacred pool

Visited March 2014
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“Separate entrance ticket from Karnak temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Although it's located within the Karnak complex walls, it is in fact a separate section requiring a separate ticket, 25LE, and not to be confused with Karnak temple(s). The Open-air museum contains reconstructed chapels from pieces that were found under other structures, being therefore some of the oldest in Karnak. A little baksheesh will get you inside the chapels where you can see intriguing reliefs.

It's in the north corner of Karnak. In other words, once you've entered the main complex, turn left.

Since it requires a separate ticket, it's not visited by tour groups, and is therefore a great little escape from the crowds. I particularly enjoyed rambling through the hieroglyph covered, not yet reconstructed pieces scattered everywhere.

Visited July 2013
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