Karnak Temple – Luxor, Egypt

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The Karnak Temple of Amun – sat waiting beneath the Sahara sands for over a thousand years; waiting to awe and enthrall.

(My Karnak photos from our Spring Break Nile Cruise 2009)

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An avenue of ram headed sphinxes once lined the canal that connected the temple to the Nile.

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Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut

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This scarab statue was by Karnak’s sacred lake. It represents the god Khepri-the reborn sun at dawn. Each evening after the sun sets, Khepri rolls the ball that is the sun around the world so that it can rise again.

Legend says that if you make a wish and circle the statue counter-clockwise your wish will come true.

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Statue of Ramses II with his wife/daughter Bent’anta at his feet.

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Amazingly some paint remains!

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Standing in Karnak’s Central Court

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The ancient Egyptians liked to paint their temple ceilings to resemble the night sky.

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