The Great Hypostyle Hall in Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
We almost skipped a visit to the ancient Karnak Temple Complex on our trip to Luxor – which would have been a huge mistake. Having just spent the better part of 3 days exploring tombs, temples and ruins in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, we were creeping dangerously close to the state of “temple burnout”.
The open-air museum is said to be the largest ancient religious site in the world and the second most visited historical site in Egypt – only the Great Pyramids of Giza receive more visits.
Boy, are we glad we ignored the fatigue and made the extra effort to visit Karnak. Look at the size and detail of those giant pillars!
The Karnak Temple Complex dates back thousands of years and the Hypostyle Hall covers an area of 50,000 square feet. There are 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows, with 12 of them over 21 meters tall and 3 meters in diameter.
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Have you travelled to Luxor? Did you visit Karnak Temple?
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