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

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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 corners, 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

Karnak Temple in Luxor – 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

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

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

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

Karnak Temple – 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.

Karnak Temple in 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.

Karnak Temple in Luxor – 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.

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

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

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

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

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

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

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

They’re beyond photogenic and spectacular!

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

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

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak 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 at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

The Hypostyle Hall at Temple Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is also featured in “A Spy Who Loved Me,” a James Bond movie, of course!

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

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

In June last year, there was a suicide attack just outside Karnak Temple.

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