Temple of Karnak

Temple of Karnak, Luxor

Temple of Karnak
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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HassanElNahas
Cairo, Egypt437 contributions
Remarkable site
Nov 2021 • Couples
This was my 3rd visit to Karnak but the first with my wife. It was as impressive as ever.

I remain in awe at just how large it is and how high they built the columns in the main hall.

It remains the largest religious site ever built and the largest ancient ruin after Angkor Wat.

We went on the last day of November, so it was not as busy as it gets over the X-mas / New Year period.

Though it was a warm day, it is easy to find shade at Karnak. Expect to spend at least an hour and half to two hours if you wish to see most of it.

If the weather is cool, you can walk from Karnak to Luxor Temple along the newly inaugurated Sphinx Ave… around 3.5 km in total. But for Luxor Temple, I highly recommend you get there a half hour before sunset. Best time of day to see it.
Written 30 November 2021
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robert4704
Sacramento, CA135 contributions
Impressive Take Care of It
Nov 2021 • Friends
This site visitors entrance was improved several years ago. It was very nicely done but as is do common in Egypt there has been no ongoing maintenance and it shows. If the government expects visitors to keep coming back it really need to clean things up.
Most importantly they do not accept credit cards for entrance fee and there are no ATMs on the grounds. Talk about going backwards. Very inconvenient for travelers.
Written 30 November 2021
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V Cristal
2 contributions
Bad experience
Nov 2021
I chose Egypt to celebrate my birthday and i can say that it was not a very inspired choice because of what happened to me at this temple and other small unpleasant situations in which i was placed in this country and which i will not mention here.
I arrived at this temple with my husband on November 18, 2021, last week, after visiting Cairo for 3 days.
On our way to this temple (we walked from the hotel) we stopped at a local dress shop because an exposed dress caught my eye so i bought it with the amount of 550 LE.
About 5 minutes after i entered the temple, i pulled that dress over my clothes and asked my husband to take pictures for me to remember.
It seemed to me that this image somehow depicts the past and the present in a single photo. I found it beautiful. I like artistic photography and i admire the creations of professional photographers. I have traveled a lot in this world and I have always tried to take the most beautiful photos to remember them as much as my mobile phone allows me because I do not have a professional camera.
After a few minutes since i put that dress on me and my husband started taking pictures of me, a guard appeared and started yelling at me telling me that it is forbidden to change in the temple and that i have to take pictures of the clothes you came in with. He also screamed ordering me to change immediately in front of him and take pictures only of the clothes i came in, without further explanation, just telling me that i would be fined if i did not do so immediately.
I, my husband, and a tourist who witnessed this situation all asked this man where this rule is displayed and who he is exactly to behave like that. His answer was that the rule is written on the entrance panel, that he is the director of that temple and that he does what he wants there without making his name known or showing any legitimacy in this regard.
When I left this temple, quite quickly after the screams of this man, i checked the entrance sign that did not include the rule that you are not allowed to change your clothes and only that you are not allowed to take pictures for commercial purposes without permission, which this man probably thought we were doing, because otherwise I can't explain his aggressive behavior.
I appreciate the intervention of the tourist to whom this unwritten rule seemed out of place, as it seemed to us anyway.
I left this temple with a bitter taste and with the desire to pass as soon as possible the three days I had to stay in Luxor, that we spent at the hotel because i did not want to i still have such unpleasant experiences.
The reaction of this man was unexpected who although he screams at me to take off my dress immediately in front of him, the moment i did that, quite quickly, i saw his reaction of wonder. He probably didn't expect me to undress so quickly and he didn't know I had other clothes underneath. He probably expected to put me in a hopeless situation to give him money, because otherwise i can't explain anything.
My question is: If after you have entered this temple and it is hot or cold and you want to put on or take off your clothes depending on the situation, what are you doing?
I was left with a very bad impression of this place and a bad memory. Tourists should be well received and not chased by such behaviors.
If you don't want me, me neither!
Written 24 November 2021
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Amr Sherif
4 contributions
Mr.
Nov 2021 • Couples
Amazing historical space and great temple
It’s recommended for everyone who will visit Luxor
Have a good day
Written 18 November 2021
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Ron S
New York City, NY4,879 contributions
Temple of Karnak
Oct 2021
Do some reading before visiting the Temple of Karnak. If you have a floor plan it would of significant help too as the temple is huge.
You can buy the Luxor Pass here. You need a passport-size photo and a copy of your passport. But the man will ask you for a second copy. If you have 2, he will ask you to produce 3. I had 4 copies with me so he told me point blank that a little donation is a must. So have a 50 LE banknote ready. The cost is $200 ($100 if you present a Cairo Pass) and it covers just about everything in and around Luxor. I went to all tombs in the Valley of the Kings that were open and visited the Tomb of Nefertary twice.
Written 8 November 2021
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Aline D
Baltimore, MD31 contributions
Nice history
Sep 2021
One tip that i will give is not to wear high heels or uncomfortable shoes. The show is outside with rocks and not so smooth on the group. Be prepare to walk for at least an hour, so wear comfy shoes
Written 28 October 2021
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JOSE R
27 contributions
Whoa!!!!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very monumental!! Impressive!! Still feel the energy and wisdom of those who builder... A must to visit and enjoy
Written 21 October 2021
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Рамиль Х
Moscow, Russia141 contributions
The largest temple of Ancient Egypt
Oct 2021 • Solo
A huge complex, including 33 temples on the territory of several hectares. On the tour, we had enough review for 30 minutes and another 30 minutes for walking for a photo. Most of all I liked the obelisks, columns and walls 43 meters high and 15 meters thick.
Written 16 October 2021
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Jimmyrugby
14 contributions
Awe inspiring
Oct 2021
One of the greatest structures in the history of ancient civilization. I could not believe the size and magnificence of this ancient temple. This is a must see in Luxor.
Written 15 October 2021
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Tom
Maple Grove, MN1,884 contributions
Must see - massive site
Oct 2021 • Couples
Well over 200 acres, this temple sure is both massive and impressive. You could spend the whole day walking through this site - from the colorful pillars, to the artificial pool, to the obelisk, and beyond. Must see!
Written 14 October 2021
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