Egypt: Karnak



Karnak, on the east bank of the Nile is an extraordinary complex of temples, pylons, obelisks, sanctuaries. Now an open-air museum, it was the most important place of worship in Egypt during the New Kingdom—built, dismantled, restored, expanded by successive pharaohs over 1500 years. Here is the famous temple of Amun-Ra, the earthly home of the local god, with its impressive hypostyle hall of papyrus-shaped columns. Within the two square kilometers, there is much to awe.