Temple of Karnak

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The Karnak Temple Complex consists of a mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings in the ancient monumental city of Thebes (north of Luxor). The key difference between Karnak and most of the other temples and sites in Egypt is the length of time over which it was developed and used. Approximately thirty pharaohs contributed to the buildings, enabling it to reach a size (over 303 acres), complexity, and diversity not seen elsewhere.

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The Dromos (= a ceremonial walkway to a temple) are flanked by sphinxes with the head of a ram (= criosphinxes).

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The obelisks from ancient Egypt were monolites (made from one stone) and symbolized the sun god Ra.

The precinct or hypostyle hall dedicated to Amun-Re is the most impressive part of the temple complex and measured 174 x 338 feet. The hall consisted of 134 columns of approximately 49 feet high.

Two obelisks in the Temple of Karnak were erected by Hatshepsut.