Contact Information of Visit Africa

The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak (from Arabic Khurnak meaning "fortified village"), comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, in Egypt. Construction at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom (around 2000-1700 BC) and continued into the Ptolemaic period (305 - 30 BC), although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut ("The Most Selected of Places") and the main place of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes. The Karnak complex gives its name to the nearby, and partly surrounded, modern village of El-Karnak, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) north of Luxor.

The complex is a vast open site and includes the Karnak Open Air Museum. It is believed to be the second most visited historical site in Egypt; only the Giza Pyramids near Cairo receive more visits. It consists of four main parts, of which only the largest is currently open to the general public. The term Karnak often is understood as being the Precinct of Amun-Ra only, because this is the only part most visitors see. The three other parts, the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Montu, and the dismantled Temple of Amenhotep IV, are closed to the public. There also are a few smaller temples and sanctuaries connecting the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Amun-Re, and the Luxor Temple.

Overview image of the karnak temples in Egypt
The Karnak Temple entrance statues
Lion figurehead statues lie in the Karnak Temple
Huge ancient Karnak Temple columns

Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Form received.

Visit Egypt! The Beginning of Civilization

Recommended Itineraries Just for You

Visit Africa

Destinations

We are Social!

About Africa

Visit Africa

Visit Uganda

Tanzania

Visit Kenya

Visit Egypt

Official Logo of Visit Africa Official Logo of Kubwa Five Safaris Uganda Limited Official Facebook Page of Visit Africa Official Flipboard Page of Visit Africa Official LinkedIn Page of Visit Africa Official Medium Page of Visit Africa Official Mix Page of Visit Africa Official Telegram Channel of Visit Africa Official Tumblr Page of Visit Africa Official Twitter Page of Visit Africa
Official TripAdvisor Page of Visit Africa
Image of Official POD logo Official instagram page of Visit Africa

Visit South Africa

Visit Namibia

Visit Zimbabwe

Visit Africa is a leading tourism company in Africa, that profiles every tourist destination, in every country, in the African Continent; Destinations, How to get there, Attractions, Things to do, How to get around, itinerary pricing and Where to stay. We partner with other leading  tour/ safari, travel, leisure and hospitality companies and agencies, for the best tourism experience in Africa.

Wildlife in Africa