KARNAK TEMPLE PHOTO GALLERY, LUXOR, EGYPT

The stunning temple of Karnak, one of the true treasures of Egypt, is one of the showpieces of the ancient city of Luxor, straddling the east bank of the legendary Nile. These pictures give only a small idea of its staggering scale and still graceful, ruined grandeur.

The approach to Karnak is epic

The approach to Karnak is epic

Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt

Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt

The courtyard of hypostyle columns is a jaw dropping sight, even now

The courtyard of hypostyle columns is a jaw dropping sight, even now

Looking up to the top of some of these columns. There are 134 of them in all

Looking up to the top of some of these columns. There are 134 of them in all

The rear face of the temple area

The rear face of the temple area

You can still see the original hieroglyphics engraved into these vast stone columns

You can still see the original hieroglyphics engraved into these vast stone columns

A stone forest, immense against a cloudless blue sky

A stone forest, immense against a cloudless blue sky

Overwhelming in scale even now, this was the centre of the ancient world of Egypt

Overwhelming in scale even now, this was the centre of the ancient world of Egypt

These incredible carvings would have been in full colour when new

These incredible carvings would have been in full colour when new

Awe inspiring and ageless.....

Awe inspiring and ageless…..

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  1. The hieroglyphic script at Karnak often just has repetitions of Ramesses II’s cartouche names, incised extra deep so that successors wouldn’t try to erase them. Left photo in row 5 has good example. It has a pair copy of the same inscription, Ramesses’ cartouches plus a five-pointed star and rekhet bird. The star and bird indicate that the general public, which enjoyed limited access to Karnak, could worship beneath this particular column. In this photo you can also see a small dark circle near top center, which is a hole. An elaborate fabric bunting was once mounted on dowels, one of which fit in this hole.

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