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
Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
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
The rear face of the temple area
You can still see the original hieroglyphics engraved into these vast stone columns
A stone forest, immense against a cloudless blue sky
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
Awe inspiring and ageless…..