Temple of Karnak
The largest of Luxor’s temples, Karnak was one of the most sacred sites in ancient Egypt. It marked the ascendancy of Thebes (present day Luxor) as the capital of the New Kingdom, with construction beginning in the 16th century BC. Most subsequent rulers tinkered with the complex so it represents a great crash course in different pharaonic styles.
The major site here is the Temple of Amon, the largest place of worship ever constructed. There the Great Hypostyle Hall, which was once roofed, dwarfs visitors with its dozens of colossal columns reaching 25 yards (23 meters) into the sky.
Other highlights include the serene sacred lake, gargantuan statues of rulers and gods, as well as the best selection of obelisks in Egypt.
Karnak is on the northern edge of Luxor’s East Bank. While the distance can be covered on foot, you’re better off taking a taxi, or one of the buses which leave from Luxor Station. There are Sound and Light shows in the evening.
Tours & Tickets
Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise the Nile on a 5-day journey from Luxor to Aswan. You also have the opportunity to upgrade to a private guided tour so ... Read more
Luxor, concludes Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 5 days (approx.)
Spend eight days on a voyage down the beautiful and romantic Nile River on a cruise from Luxor to Aswan and explore the historic temples, tombs and relics of ... Read more
Duration: 8 days (approx.)
Best Private Tour: 2-Day Cairo and Luxor Highlights Tour from Hurghada Including Flights, Giza Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Karnak
Unravel the ancient sights and secrets of Cairo and Luxor on this private 2-day tour from Hurghada, with flights and overnight 5-star accommodation in Luxor. ... Read more
Duration: 2 days (approx.)
Take a half-day private tour with a qualified Egyptologist guide exploring the East Bank of Luxor. You'll see two of the most impressive temples in Upper Egypt ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
For unbeatable views of Luxor's famous temples, take a hot-air balloon flight over the Nile River's west bank. Away from the crowds in the peaceful glow of ... Read more
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Experience the beauty of the Temples of Karnak illuminated against the darkness of night as the pharaohs of the New Kingdom take you on a journey into Ancient ... Read more
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours