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Karnak

Karnak is the largest of temple complexes in the world. 

 

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South gate of the temple at Karnak built in front of the Temple of Khonsu. This is the gate of Ptolemy III, Euergetes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The notes from Sgt. Johnson’s lecture read:

Here we have the south gate of the temple at Karnak (Karnak in arabic means window)….

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The same view today. Copyright Lenka Peacock.

 

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Karnak 1917 with the famous avenue of sphinx leading to the first pylon

Karnak4The same view today. Copyright Ken Griffin.

Karnak5Scarab near the Sacred Lake dedicated by Amenhotep III. The scarab is a symbol of rebirth. The scarab has been moved from the west bank, by the Colossi of Memnon. Here a funerary temple to Amenhotep III once stood.

 

 

 

 

 

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The scarab today, copyright Ken Griffin. Tourists are now (2008) told that if they walk around it 7 times their love problems will be solved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karnak8Obeliks of Thutmose I and Hatshepsut.

Karnak9The same view today. Copyright Karen O’Flanagan

Karnak10The Akh-menu (‘the most glorious of monuments’), the Festival Hall of Thutmose III in 1917.

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The Akh-menu today. The Akh-menu was originally built to celebrate Thutmose’s jubilee but then used for the annual Opet Festival. Copyright Ken Griffin.

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