Karnak

Karnak is the location of ancient Thebes. The spectacular site is massive, measuring 1,500 meters by 800 meters, and was built, added to, restored, enlarged and redecorated over a period of 1,500 years. Karnak, describes a vast conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings. It is located near Luxor in Egypt.

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It has many outstanding features including a processional entrance of ram-headed sphinxes, through which one enters the temple, a fifty metre first pylon (unfinished), and the tallest obelisk in Egypt (29.6 meters) soaring up in granite splendor. Its most unforgettable feature, however, is the stunning Great Hypostyle Hall built in the late 13th century BC by Seti I and finished off by Ramses II. The hall is a perfectly proportioned forest of 134 towering papyrus-shaped stone pillars all decorated in delicate sunken and raised relief. One cannot fail to be awestruck at this sight, which covers 6,000 square metres.

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