Karnak Temple – The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum

Karnak Temple in Luxor is both an interesting and photogenic archaeological site. There are so many things to discover here, and in fact, I saw a few people in the area still digging and brushing important stones/relics that could help them understand further on the history of the country.

This is a vast open-air museum were broken pieces of structures, cracked walls and missing parts of statues are ubiquitous. From north to south and east to west, you’ll be feasting on hieroglyphs that covered walls, columns, and altars. Statues of gods, goddesses, and pharaohs are in every corner, standing like proud guards of the temple. This is simply a place you won’t miss when visiting Egypt.

Karnak Temple in Luxor is dubbed as the “World’s Largest Open-Air Museum.”

Karnak Temple - The World's Largest Open-Air Museum
This is the World’s Largest Open-Air Museum.

It is also the second-largest “Ancient Place of Worship”, behind Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Karnak Temple - The World's Largest Open-Air Museum
Karnak Temple in Luxor – The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum

It is Egypt’s second most-visited tourist attraction, after the Pyramids in Giza.

Karnak Temple - The World's Largest Open-Air Museum
The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum

Karnak Temple is dedicated to Pharaoh Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khons, the moon-god.

Karnak Temple - The World's Largest Open-Air Museum
Luxor – The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum

There are more than 25 temples and chapels in this massive archaeological site.

Karnak Temple in Luxor - The World's Largest Open-Air Museum.
Karnak Temple in Luxor – The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum.

There are obelisks, too, but only two still stand the test of time.

Karnak Temple in Luxor - The World's Largest Open-Air Museum.
Luxor – The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum.

There are about thirty Pharaohs who helped in building this immense temple.

Karnak Temple in Luxor - The World's Largest Open-Air Museum.
The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum.

This is the Sacred Lake within the expansive area.

Temple Karnak - The World's Largest Open-Air Museum.
World’s Largest Open-Air Museum.

The most photogenic place (and my favourite) here is the Hypostyle Hall.

Things to do in Luxor, Egypt.
The Hypostyle Hall in Luxor, Egypt.

It is a hall with 134 enormous columns filled with incredible hieroglyphs from sole to crown.

The highest pillar measures 70 feet tall and 40 feet around.

Things to do in Luxor, Egypt.
The Hypostyle Hall in Luxor, Egypt.

They’re beyond photogenic and spectacular!

Things to do in Luxor, Egypt.
The Hypostyle Hall in Luxor, Egypt.

They’re a fine example of Egyptian architecture and design.

The Hypostyle Hall / Things to do in Luxor, Egypt.
The Hypostyle Hall in Luxor, Egypt.

In popular culture, the Temple of Karnak in Luxor graced Hollywood via Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The final battle of The Fallen, Optimus Prime, Starscream and Megatron happens in here at the Hypostyle Hall.

The Hypostyle Hall / Things to do in Luxor, Egypt.
Hypostyle Hall in Luxor, Egypt.

Remember Lara Croft? Karnak Temple appears in the video game via The Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation for three levels.

Things to do in Luxor, Egypt.
The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum.

In The Mummy Returns, you can’t reach the Scorpion King without passing through Karnak Temple.

Things to do in Luxor, Egypt. / World's Largest Open-Air Museum.
The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum.

It is also featured in “A Spy Who Loved Me,” a James Bond movie, of course! In June last year, there was a suicide attack just outside Karnak Temple.

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