Karnak Sound and light show narrate the dramatic history of Thebes and Karnak Temple in particular. It explains the Pharaohs’ achievements, with poetic descriptions of the ancient glory. During the show, the Pharaohs rise to narrate stories of their exciting lives as the music flow secretly throughout this ancient city. The old voices tell visitors about the birth of the Karnak Temple, along with the heroic achievements of the Pharaohs and god Amun. It is an extremely charming experience to hear the interesting stories as you stare at the glorious ruins illuminated during the presentation.
Known as the largest open-air museum in the world, Karnak Temple is home to many impressive monuments and landmarks. It might be the largest temple built throughout history, passing several generations of veterans and builders. As you pass through Luxor’s gates, you will be stunned by the vast city, with its memorable monuments and temple. Although most of the monuments are ruined, the site remains one of ancient Egypt’s noteworthy achievements. The massive columns used to support the heavy ceilings, but today, they are open to the sky. With a little imagination, visitors can go back in time to the Pharaohs’ era. Over 1300 years, temples were built at the Karnak to form a city, full of striking monuments.
The Karnak temple consisted of three main temples, several small wall temples, and a great holy lake. The three main temples are dedicated to the gods Amon, and his wife, moon, as well as god Montu. The museum houses a collection of outstanding statues, found in all parts of the temple complex. Visitors can access the Karnak Temple through a wide passageway, lined with the heads of rams and sphinxes. Then, they can pass through an enormous room with huge columns, famous for its massive and polished columns. Surprisingly, after thousands of years, you can still see the paintings and elegant inscriptions at the top of the columns. The room’s area is 54000 square feet, with 134 gigantic columns. Even today, it is the largest room in any religious buildings around the world.
Queen Hatshepsut, the first female Pharaoh, was aware of the temple’s importance and had gold and silver decorations engraved on the obelisks, as a gift to the god Amun.
Thebes was the center of the worship of the so-called Amun, a local god. However, when the capital moved to Thebes in the Twelfth Dynasty, Amun became the most important in all parts of Egypt. In contrast to the other important gods in ancient Egypt, there was not a myth miracle of his birth. The idea is most likely that he was just a god!
In those times, the war was not a battle between two groups of people, but between two gods. In this way, Amun defeated other powerful deities in Egypt and was known as the first and greatest God of the known world. Karnak has been a place of pilgrimage from about 4000 years ago until the Greek era as it was the center of the faith and power of Egypt. All Pharaohs of the different dynasties, including Ramses, Imhotep, and Tuthmosis, left a unique touch to the halls of Karnak. Known as the “Temple of all temples,” the Karnak Temple was the most significant and most important center of worship in ancient Egypt.