Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
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  • World Prof
    Buffalo Grove, Illinois174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and Massive Temple - Must see
    This is the largest ancient temple in Egypt. the Massive pillars and expansive grounds, statues, artwork etc., make this the must see temple in Luxor (and Egypt). You will want a guide to explain the significance of the most important elements.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Allan, Denmark
    Zealand, Denmark212 contributions
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    Astonishing Temple of Karnak
    The Temple of Karnak is an amazing place with very impressive buildings and history. Our guide Nana spoke very heartily about the Egyptian kings and queens through the ages. It is a special feeling to go and look at places where Egyptian kings themselves have been thousands of years ago, and imagine what the buildings looked like when they were complete. The giant columns with inscriptions, the high walls, the impressive sphinxes on both sides. The combination of greatness and small details is just astonishing and it is difficult to imagine the amount of work put into this. It is mind blowing. Our fantastic guide Nana told passionately about dramatic history in ancient royal families and this impressive structure. This temple is a must see. Take your time there and bring water.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,146 contributions
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    Can't Miss Attraction
    We had the perfect weather to spend lots of time at Karnak Temple. Plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours here to see everything. Having a guide is helpful to explain what is what because there are no audio guides or signs available. We had a guide with us but there are a few people inside the ticket gate that will offer their service as well. Luxor is reasonably walkable so you could get here by foot along the Corniche but expect to get lots of taxi/carriage ride offers. You may want to do Luxor Temple first because this one is that much more impressive. Bring plenty of water in case you want to spend more time here. The ticket office is in a small office to the left of the main entrance. The cost of entry is 220 Egyptian Pounds and it may be worthwhile to bring cash here because it took about 5 minutes to process my credit card. There will be a man outside the toilet expecting a tip for use or toilet paper and they will take coins or small bills. Bring your own tissues if you want to make sure they're clean.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2023
  • Martin H
    Hong Kong, China859 contributions
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    An Impressive Temple Complex
    This is one of the most impressive temples in Luxor and Egypt. The avenue of ram-headed sphinxes at the start sets the scene. The large Great Hypostyle Hall is impressive with its many richly carved columns. The obelisks are grand too. We came back in the evening to attend the light and sound show and whilst this was initially very good, by the time we sat in the bleachers at the far end of the Sacred Lake, it felt as if they were trying to fill in for time and there wasn't much relevant content to what they were discussing.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Jadranka P
    London, United Kingdom719 contributions
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    The most impressive temple
    It was our favourite temple. Everything was on a large scale - the Great Hypostyle Hall wad impressive with its many richly carved columns as well as the Obelisks and the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes. Definitely worth a visit. In spite of being crowded you could still find a quite corners to enjoy its beauty.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Yvonne
    41 contributions
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    Absolutely amazing place
    Karnak Temple is a must visit site along with Luxor Temple. Absolutely amazing place and the scale of the structures are mind blowing. We booked a guided tour, but on reflection its not really needed and was overly expensive for what you get (not even the entrance fees!). If you're based in Luxor I would recommend visiting the sites on your own at your own pace, using a taxi to get you there and back. Entrance fee for Karnak Temple is only 220 LE (Egyptian Pounds) for adults and 110 LE for children / students, which is about £6 and £3. Luxor Temple is 180 LE and 90LE.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Navy K
    Santorini, Greece43 contributions
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    Amazing
    This was amazing temple! We enjoyed it alot and my kids were thrilled. You need to spare time as it's really big especially if you love details like myself. The entrance ticket was 220 pounds. The light show at night worth it too don't miss it
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 15, 2023
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary1,674 contributions
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    The most perfect place
    Karnak was called „Ipet-Szut”/the most perfect place by ancient Egyptians. Probably this huge temple complex is the largest one, that was ever built. It was built for about 1300 years. It’s stunning with lots of columns, like a column-forest, and obelisks, statues, rich decorations, many mythological creatures (with tup’s head) ect. It’s a must-see site. You need a comfty shoes, sunglasses and hats because it’s very hot and you have walk a lot.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2023
  • AC2172
    Grimsby, Canada5 contributions
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    Incredible experience
    This review will not do justice to the incredible experience we had with Kero as our guide this week. His knowledge and guidance through every detail was incredible. He made our trip extra special. Naturally the beautiful wonders of Egypt speak for themselves but the beauty of the people such as Kero are equally monumental.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2023
  • NuhaSA
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    The place is huge, and totally worth the visit. The entrance alone is enough to leave you in awe, wondering how did they manage to build and erect the columns all those years ago. We went alone, so didn’t get much of the history of the place, but we still had a great time walking around the ruins and feeling the vibes.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 1, 2023
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Amr Madkour
Cairo, Egypt72 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Friends
More than 3500 years of great Egyptian history in one place. Without a tour-guide you will get lost. The tour guide is more important than anything else to understand what is behind the seen. The Light and Sound show is running almost ever night at 19:00 O’clock and sometimes more than a show every hour starting from 19:00 O’clock. Every show is in one language like English, French, Arabic, etc. and you can get headsets to translate to your preferred language if you are attending different language show. They can run prevent show at your preferred language if you have a group of non-Egyptians not less than 5 persons. The ticket price is EGP 300 per person.
Written December 8, 2020
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Engy N
Cleveland, OH10 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Couples
If are going to Luxor on your own, without a tour guide or a tourist company, so please take my advice.

1) You might find Guid on the entrance selling 1 hour of guidance inside the temple for 60 LE (Egyptian Pound) any higher price would be unfair. Also start you stopwatch to take 1 hour of explanation and not less.

OR, but be aware the something the Native Guards their job is to take tickets and make sure that all in fine inside the temple, but they will try to offer you some explanation or taking pictures for you, so please don’t respond to them or hand them your phone, as they will harass you for money moreover they will gave you wrong informations and this is not their job.
This will happen with you in all the temples and the tombs that you will visit in Luxor.

2)You can read about it online from many websites and discover it on you own
OR
3) Buy from amazon or any book store this book “The Illustrated Guide to Luxor - Tombs, Temples, and Museums” this is the best for all the Temples in Luxor.

Written December 29, 2020
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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,912 contributions
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Apr 2019
The temple of Karnak is a Cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu. It is the largest religious building ever constructed built over 2,000 years. This place which is now in ruins brought about by flooding in ancient times is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring.

The Hypostyle hall is the most impressive structure in the complex. The hall which covers an area 5,000 square meters is filled with 134 gigantic stone columns with 12 larger columns standing 24 meters high lining the central aisle. Once inside the hypostyle hall, the massive columns dwarf the visitor. There is still some paint surviving on the underside of the capitals.

It also has one of the largest obelisks, weighing 328 tons and standing 29 meters tall. Other things to see is a huge scarab which was also a symbol of immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection much used in funerary art.
The sacred lake within the complex was used by the priests for ritual washing and ritual navigation. It was home to the sacred geese of Amun (another symbol of Amun) and was a symbol of the primeval waters from which life arose in the ancient Egyptian’s idea of creation.

The area of the sacred enclosure of Amun alone is 80 hectares and could hold ten average European cathedrals. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big that St Peter’s in Vatican, Milan’s Duomo, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris would fit within its walls. We came very early in the morning with few tourists. It was an amazing way to start our visit in Luxor.
Written March 4, 2020
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Mus
Toronto, Canada116 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Solo
One word, a masterpiece! It’s unbelievably stunning and it’s a must see in Luxor.
Except to see a lot of people when you’re visiting. If you want to avoid the crowd, you can go early in the morning or during lunch time. In this place every corner makes forget the previous one. It’s amazing to see what mankind is capable of thousands of years ago.
In every corner, just look closer and you’ll be amazing by a design or a detail that is stunning.
Don’t forget to check out the open museum area.
The entree fee is 200 EGP. And it’s included in the Luxor pass if you got one. Btw you can get that pass at Karnak temple.
Written February 22, 2020
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andrewpJ1036LY
Warwick, UK18 contributions
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Jan 2022
From the road this temple doesn’t look anything out of the ordinary but don’t be fooled, the sheer size and complexity of this temple is breathtaking. You need at least two hours to explore the site which includes an open air museum. The colours and clarity of the drawing’s and inscriptions in some areas is awesome. You can now walk directly between Karnalk Temple and Luxor Temple along the Avenue of Sphinxes which is well worth it but a good walk. As always with Egyptian attractions check your change when buying your ticket and be firm with anyone wanting to show you something, take your photo etc. as they will want payment.
Written February 1, 2022
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Rajnish Mehta
Mumbai, India37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This can be possibly most over powering experience of your trip. I suggest don't do it when you are tired as it happened with me. I went again next day and saw everything more minutely without guide of course. I dipped into my newly acquired knowledge from 'History of Ancient Egypt by Great Course ,Bob Bier' on Audible. I strongly recommend it for your walks a month before visiting Egypt. You listen to 48 chapters narrated so interestingly that your guide will feel enlightened.
This temple almost unfolds all important Pharaohs as if they were just there. It is beyond Ramses II more popularly known as Ramses the Great(chiseler). I wish it had hot air balloon rides above it. Egypt department of antiquities are you listening???
Written January 6, 2020
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Anipaiuk
Billericay, UK33 contributions
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Feb 2020
we took a local guide, who charged us 150 EGP for 1hr 30 mins, it was worth it. the story telling is amazing. Temple and God has some similarities to HIndu religion.
Amazing experince
Written February 14, 2020
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kristinka09
New York City, NY336 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Family
We loved Karnak temple so much that we returned at night for the light and sound show. The show was packed and in reality we couldn’t hear that well what was said BUT the stars and the night sky over Karnak was so worth it. Even my 15 year old daughter was in awe and she prefers to stay on her phone most of the time 😆😆😆.
Written January 6, 2020
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tumbuna
Sydney, Australia339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This temple is magnificent with many areas that require contemplation time. The hipostylic hall, the gateways, the sacred lake just a few. The down side is that if you arrive at the same time as the tour buses the crowds pushing through areas are massive and you find it hard to enjoy your time.
Written February 17, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
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Feb 2020
Karnak is much more than a Temple! It is a mammoth complex of temples, chapels, kiosks, pylons (gates) and obelisks dedicated primarily to the patron gods of Thebes (ancient Luxor) known as the Theban Trio. These were the god Amun, his consort the goddess Mut, and their son Khonsu. About 30 pharaohs contributed to the construction of Karnak, starting around 2000 BC and continuing to 30 BC. That’s 2000 years! Most of the existing buildings date from the 16-11th century BC and it is said that Karnak was the most important place of worship in Egypt during this time. My favorite: The Great Hypostyle Hall of 134 towering papyrus-shaped stone pillars. I am still dizzy from gazing up at them! It’s helpful to have a guide at Karnak because there is so much to see and appreciate (my visit was with Gate 1). But if you like exploring on your own, you could wander around this gigantic jumble of ancient remains for hours, maybe days!
Written May 2, 2020
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