THE KARNAK TEMPLE COMPLEX
The Karnak temple complex is considered the greatest religious temple
ever established. It is situated on the east bank of the river Nile in Luxor,
and it includes multiple decayed temples, chapels, and other buildings. Its construction
started from the midst of the reign of Senusret I and extended till the
The temple was dedicated to the god Amun, and it consists of four parts:
the precinct of Amun-Ra, the precinct of Mut, the precinct of Montu, and the temple
of Amenhotep IV.
What distinguishes the temple complex from other temples in Egypt is the
time taken for its construction. The largeness and the diversity of the complex
were the results of the contribution of more than thirty Pharaohs during its
establishment. The numerous and diverse features found in the construction of
the complex are enormous.
The Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Ra is always the area that
attracts visitors. The area covers 50,000sq ft .There are also 134 huge columns
set out in 16 rows. Since each column weighs about 70 tons what can really be
fascinating is the technique used to lift it.