Karnak Temple

he temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu—or “most select of places”—by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring.

Duration

50 minutes

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Karnak Temple

Duration
50 minutes
Location
https://goo.gl/maps/GD5LU2Ky7tYKYG6w9
he temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu—or “most select of places”—by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring.

When the Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt four and a half-century before the birth of Christ, He was struck as the wonders of Egypt were greater than those of any land he observed 

There were pyramids taller than any man-made structure on earth, Avenues of sphinx half man half beasts, And towering stone pillars called obelisks, There were giant statues of long-dead pharos, And exotic mummies encased in gold, And everywhere the enigmatic symbols of its sacred writings, This made Herodotus say his famous words, that “Egypt was the gift of the Nile.”

But what Herodotus didn’t know was that to the Egyptians, the life by the Nile’s banks could be deadly, Isolated by endless expanses of Deseret, vulnerable to an unpredictable river and a climate that could change in seconds. The Egyptians called it chaos, and it was lurking in the shadows with powerful forces waiting to be unleashed. The Egyptians believed that Order, not chaos, was the will of gods. To maintain Order and keep chaos at bay, the Egyptians had to please the gods, and in return, the gods would bless them with Order through the cosmos.

And At the heart of this religious confection was the holy city of Thebes, which is now known as Luxor. For Karnak only existed because of how the ancient Egyptian priests of Thebes thought the world was created.

At the beginning of time, the world knew nothing but the darkness of the waters of chaos Nut, And Amun was the supreme god who broke the stillness of these primeval waters. Thebes was the first land to emerge from the waters, And the spot where Amun stood to create the world became Al Karnak temple, his home. In hieroglyphics, Luxor, Name was No-Amon, where the supreme god Amun lived, To The Greeks it was Thebes, and The Greek poet Homer called it “the great city of 100 gates”, The Arabs named it Luxor for the many Palaces they found. As the first city in the world, Thebes was a model for all others to follow, leaving all who passed by in wonder.

 

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