Karnak Temple

A Vast Open-Air Musem
Second Largest Religious Site in the World
The Karnak Temple complex is a vast open-air museum, and the second largest ancient religious site in the world, after the Angkor Wat Temple of Cambodia.

Honoring Ramses II

Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the buildings at Karnak, creating a complex unlike any other.

Construction at Karnak started 4,000 years ago and continued for 2,000 years. Each Egyptian ruler who worked at Karnak left his or her own architectural mark.

One famous aspect of Karnak is the Hypostyle Hall of Amun-Re,
a 50,000 square foot hall with 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows.


The columns

are immense:
122 of them are
68 feet tall, and the other 12 are 82 feet tall with
a diameter of
more than
10 feet.


Karnak  Temple


A tour of Karnak Temple