World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.9 (156 votes)

Temple of Amon

Listed under Temples in Luxor, Egypt.

Photo of Temple of Amon
Photo by flickr user Mossaiq
Pin It

From the 12th Ptolemaic dynasty, the temple of Karnak is the largest and the most complicated architecture in Egypt. The centre of the cult of Amon-Ra, the Sun God, has two axes that define the composition of the world of Karnak. The axis east to west correlates to the orbit of the sun, signifying the sun in the heavens, while the axis north to south correlates to the Nile, signifying absolute power of the gods and pharaoh, who is the gods’ representative on earth. A short avenue of cryocephlous sphinxes leads to the first and largest pylon, at 113m wide and 15m thick, constituting the monumental entrance to the temple. The sphinxes bear the heads of rams, which are believed sacred to Amon, represent the god that protected the Pharaoh.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • The Pantheon

    Nothing less than a global icon, Rome's noble Pantheon was built during the beginning of the 2nd Century and its powerful Class…

  • Great Living Chola Temples

    These three great temples were built during the Chola rule of southern India, which continued until the 13th Century. The Airav…

  • Angkor Wat

    There are two great complexes of ancient temples in Southeast Asia, one at Bagan in Burma, the other at Angkor in Cambodia. The…

Nearby Experiences

  • The Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut

    The obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut (1473-1458BC) is 97 feet tall and weighs perhaps 350 tons. Obelisks were carved from single pie…

  • The Temple of Karnak

    Called Thebes by early European visitors, the most extensive religious complex of the Dynastic Egyptians contained the temples …

  • The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

    While in Egypt, everyone wants to see tombs, temples and Cleopatra. The temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of those characterist…

Related links

Contribute to this page