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It's the only museum that's not busy on rainy days.
That's because it is a massive open-air temple – a museum without a roof! It's also the biggest ancient religious site in the world, twice the size of the surrounding village. Construction started during the 16th century BC and passed on from pharaoh to pharaoh for 30 generations. Each one brought their own flair to the temple and you can follow its how it evolved in the different architectural styles. It's definitely an AbsoluteVisit on a sunny day.
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  • The Karnak Temple in Cairo, Egypt is massive, containing over 25 temples and chapels, 134 columns, and spanning across over 50,000 square feet.
  • The Karnak Temple is twice as large as the village area it resides in.
  • The Temple is an open-air museum, with four main parts (only one of which is open to the public). The part that is available for visitation is the largest and main part of the temple.
  • The Karnak Temple took an incredibly long time to construct, with over 30 pharaohs residing over its construction and contributing to its development, giving it a unique variety of input in terms of diversity, size and style.
  • The Karnak Temple is the largest ancient religious site in the world.

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The Karnak Temple is largest ancient religious site in the world 62 acres. The most fascinating part of the temple was the Great Temple of Amen built by Ramesses the Great around 1360BC. The room is made of 134 pillars that are roughly 30 feet tall and covered from top to bottom with detailed hieroglyphics. This part of the temple amazed both Brad and I with its size, age and detail. Also within the Karnak temple are several Obelisks that have been standing for thousands of years. Next we were off to Luxor Temple. The 2 temples were actually connected by what was called Sphinx Avenue many...  read more
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Submitted On: Apr 30, 2012

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