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Karnak

Karnak
Karnak-Hypostyle3.jpg
Pillars of the Great Hypostyle Hall from the Precinct of Amun-Re
Karnak is located in Egypt
Karnak
Shown within Egypt
Location El-Karnak, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
Region Upper Egypt
Coordinates view on map
Type Sanctuary
Part of Thebes
History
Builder Senusret I
Periods Middle Kingdom to Ptolemaic Kingdom
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii, vi
Designated 1979 (3rd session)
Reference no. 87
Region Arab States

The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak (/'k?r.næk/), comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Building at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut ("The Most Selected of Places") and the main place of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes. The Karnak complex gives its name to the nearby, and partly surrounded, modern village of El-Karnak, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) north of Luxor.

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