Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple in Thebes, Egypt

Karnak Temple Complex comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings.

Building at the complex began in the reign of Sesostris I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. The main shrine of Karnak Temple was dedicated to Amun God.

The right picture is Amun-Ra

God of Amun was a local deity of Thebes. He was attested since the Old Kingdom together with his spouse Amaunet. With the 11th dynasty (ca. 21st century BC), he rose to the position of patron deity of Thebes.

Typical depiction of Amun during the New Kingdom, with two plumes on his head, the ankh symbol and the was sceptre (“power, dominion”).

Avenue of the Sphinxes and Temple of AmenophisⅡ

Avenue of the Sphinxes and Temple of AmenophisⅡ

 Great Hypostyle Hall

Great Hypostyle Hall

Sacred Lake

Sacred Lake

Scarab Statue of Karnak Temple

Scarab Statue of Karnak Temple

The precincts of Karnak Temple

The precincts of Karnak Temple

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Through Sphinx avenue, leaving for the Luxor Temple.

The southern sanctuary of Thebes (Luxor Temple)

The southern sanctuary of Thebes (Luxor Temple)

 

The way to Luxor Temple

The way to Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city ancient Thebes and was founded in 1400 BC.  For centuries Thebes was the capital of the known world.

Entrance of Luxor Temple, First Pylon and Obelisk

Entrance of Luxor Temple, First Pylon and Obelisk

Great Court of Ramesses Ⅱ

Great Court of Ramesses Ⅱ

Great Court of Amenhotep III

The east side of the peristyle court of Amenhotep III

Luxor Temple by night

Luxor Temple by night

All of the ruins of Egypt was dug up, investigated and protected by foreign archaeologists. Egyptian destroys remains or makes use of them for money-making, but does not take good care of these remains.

The Abu el-Haggag mosque inside of the temple.

The Abu el-Haggag mosque inside of the temple.

For example, this Islam temple was built in the precincts of the Luxor shrine.

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