Visit the glorious Temples of Luxor and Karnak. Located on the East Bank of Luxor, The temples of Karnak & Luxor were established in honour of the god Amun-Ra. In the new kingdom, Amun-Ra was worshipped as the most important state god and the immense wealth of Thebes was spent embellishing and building Temples in his honour.
At the Temple of Karnak, more than 13 centuries of successive pharaohs contributed to over 100 acres of majestic pylous, hypostyle halls, and sacred temples. The scale of Karnak surpasses any other temple complex in the entire ancient world. The Temple of Luxor was also built over several centuries by Amen Hopis III, Tut Ankh Amun, Ramses II, and Alexander the Great. The temple is a graceful piece of architecture preceded by an avenue of Sphinxes. Containing impressive statues of Ramses II, the great court of Ramses II, the colonnade and court of Amen Hopis III, the hypostyle hall, and the Temple of Amun.
Both were built over extensive periods of time and were constructed from the inside outwards, the original founders built sanctuaries that were venerated for centuries, and successive pharaohs added progressively more grandiose country yards, gateways and other elaborations.
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