Awarded one of the one hundred wonders of the world based on being the biggest temple complex, one of the supreme visited places in Luxor, and one of the must see temples in Egypt, is the Temple of Karnak. It is built over an area covering seventy two thousand square meters with the pillars, ram headed sphinxes and halls that have stood the test of time.
The gigantic size and scope of the place is truly magnificent and it makes it hard to imagine how it must have been so many years ago. The sacred lake looks relatively slow when standing next to it, but aerial photos will show its size and grandeur.
It is recommended to make use of the services of a tour guide when touring through the Temple of Karnak. It is just too big, too complex and too informative to attempt on one’s own. There is also a great history to its structures, the reign and the destruction of parts of it. Up to thirty pharaohs contributed to the building of it. This has to be the only complex with as many obelisks and pillars, each with very well preserved hieroglyphics.
Something else that is quite magnificent is the existence of the part of a ramp that archeologists believe was used during the construction of the temple complex. The entire place with its ram headed sphinxes, Pharaonic statues and enormous pillars can be described as the very essence of Egyptian godly monumentality.
On a clear day, when standing in front of the Temple of Hatshepsut, one can see the Karnak complex. Very soon the original lane that connected the Luxor Temple to the Temple of Karnak will be reopened. It will be a historical day that can only be described as having things the way the pharaohs intended it to be.