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Karnak Temple is actually a vast temple city, with many of its structures dating back 4,000 years.
It is today the largest remaining religious site of the ancient world.
The temple complex is conveniently located near to the modern day town of El-Karnak, just 2.5 km from Luxor.
The site is massive, to the point where some people feel it’s necessary to spend at least one full day exploring the area.
While the oldest structures date back to around 4,000 years ago, most are considerably younger,
keeping in mind that the city of temples formed over a period of 2,000 years.
Originally, it was actually also part of Thebes, the ancient Egyptian capital. Today, it is also a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Despite the fact that it is a rather derelict site,
its sheer size and unbelievable number of structures make it one of the most visited attractions in the country.
All in all, the complex covers an area of roughly 200 acres,
of which 61 acres are occupied by the sacred enclosure of Amun.
Put another way, one could fit approximately 10 average sized cathedrals into the enclosure of Amun.
to a great extent, one could say that the temple city of Karnak was the official home of the god Amun.
It was only after the 12th dynasty however that Amun rose up to become the God of all gods.
To better understand how this occurred, one needs to keep in mind that back in those ancient times,
when battles were fought, they were essentially battles between the various gods.
When two opposing forces clashed, the god of the victorious army became evermore powerful.
King Thutmose III won many battles under the watchful eye of Amun,
and this is essentially how Amun eventually went on to become the supreme god.
Unlike many other Egyptian gods,
not much is actually known about Amun other that he was often referred to as “Vizier Of The Poor”.
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