Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
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  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary1,687 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Tjoni J
    Luxor, Egypt16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take your time!
    We were lucky enough to visit with the guidance of a friend who just happens to be an archeologist amongst other things! It was a very interesting excursion, though I have to say 2 hours is not enough. I will head there again on my own to just sit and ponder the various sites for a while. Not a place to rush!
    Visited July 2022
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Thomas Lukose
    New York City, New York30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My visit to the Karnak temple in Luxor, Egypt
    Karnak temple is one of the most amazing places I have visited. The huge statues and pillars are amazing. You will be able to take some amazing pictures here. It is like you are in a different world inside the temple. A must see experience if you are visiting Luxor. Make sure to visit early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat. Have plenty of water with you. It is recommended to visit with a tour guide.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • NA- Australia
    Dandenong, Australia703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More amazing than…
    Been to other notable sites in area- without doubt this is the most colourful and grand. It doesn’t appear all that big until you are amongst the 35 m high pillars covered in hieroglyphics only 3.5 k years old. You just have to visit…. BUT Be aware of the extraordinary ( even for a tourist who’s been in Egypt for a while) pernicious gouging of the Cafe near the sacred lake. No bargaining five times the (tourist) street price. Buy your water and other drinks before going in. Also very disappointing was the site ‘security’ staff who were more and quite assertively interested in letting tourists go into “restricted “ areas for baksheesh to get panorama photo than watching over this amazing structure. A response of “Mangatang” ( little town in Central Victoria) to “ Where you from?” Slows the touts down a bit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Emma C
    Birmingham, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible, Astonishing, Amazing, A Must See!
    We visited in early July with a small group and a tour guide, this was our first temple of the day and what a way to start. It's difficult to describe how incredible the structures are and the level of detail that you will see. The corridor of Sphinx to the towering columns, to the carvings in the stones, it really is a spectacular sight. It was great having a tour guide who was able to explain the history behind it, otherwise I think we would have been overwhelmed by it all - even the teenagers were enthralled! Yes, it was hot but it's really manageable if you dress sensibly, take a hat and ensure you have plenty of water. It's somewhere I will never forget.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Elena G
    Berlin, Germany123 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing temple, horrible security guards
    Most beautiful temple I have ever been - the column hall is jaw dropping. I was amazed at how well kept the all temple complex is. One reason for the 4 star - the security guards literally following you, harassing you and asking you for money for the most random reasons. I didn’t feel unsafe, but this behavior doesn’t make you feel confortabile or at ease exploring.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Astrobeemer
    Vancouver, Canada649 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent!
    It is a magical place. The size , the beauty, the age , the history behind it - there is nothing like it on this globe. Pictures just don’t do it justice. When you are there, see it with your own eyes, you can get overwhelmed by it all. I could have spent days there looking at every inch of this marvellous temple complex.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • G8683VWwendys
    Minnesota244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most astounding Site in Egypt!
    We just got done doing the whole Nile cruise thing and if there is one thing that stands out to me above and beyond the rest, it is the Temple at Karnak. The long line of ram-headed sphinxes leading (originally) from the Temple of Luxor to the Temple of Karnak already sets the tone, before you get to enter the temple and see the Hippostyle hall that is so big and impressive with its giant columns, recognizable king cartouches and the remains of paint on the ceiling and upper capitals! We've all seen it in the movies, and so there is a wonderful familiarity to it, but also such a pleasure in seeing the true magnitude of the dimensions and the abundance of the pillars. There are marvelous bas reliefs and statuary too! Don't miss this awe-inspiring sight/site when you do your travel in Egypt. This and the Step Pyramiding Saqqara really impressed me!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 15, 2023
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Amr Madkour
Cairo, Egypt72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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