Category: karnak


Amenhotep I before Min-Amun

Block relief depicting the pharaoh Amenhotep I (r. ca. 1525-1504 BC) making an offering to the fertility god Min-Amun, Karnak Open Air Museum, Luxor.

Photo: Campbell Price


Reconstructed wall decorations from the Temple of Akhenaten (ruled 1353–1336 BCE), also called the Gempaaten, at Karnak. It was later demolished and its stone blocks (“talaats”) were used to form the core of the 9th pylon of the Temple of Amun-Ra during Horemheb’s reign (1306-1292 BCE) [667 × 500].


A statue of the god ‘Thot’ depicted as a baboon between the columns of the vestibule of Temple of Khonsu’.

It is located at the south part of the large ‘Precinct of Amun-Ra’ at Karnak Temple Complex.

The ‘Temple of Khonsu’ is an almost complete example of a New Kingdom temple, and was originally constructed by ‘Ramses III’ and finished by ‘Ramses IV’ but the baboon is older, and carved during the reign of ‘Seti I’.

The gateway of this temple is at the end of the ‘Avenue of Sphinxes’ that ran to Luxor Temple.

‘Khonsu’ was the son of 𓇋𓏠𓈖’Amun’ & 𓏏𓅐’Mut’, the 3 most important gods in ancient Thebes.

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Karnak Temple Sacred Lake

Karnak Temple at sunset, palm trees reflected in water of the Sacred Lake, Luxor, Egypt.


when life feels weird, go to Karnak


Mut embracing Amun

Stone carving depicting goddess Mut embracing her consort god Amun, detail of a wall relief at Karnak Temple Complex.


AMUN (also Amon, Ammon, Amen) is the ancient Egyptian god of the sun and air. He is one of the most important gods of ancient Egypt who rose to prominence at Thebes at the beginning of the period of the New Kingdom (c.1570-1069 BCE). He is usually depicted as a bearded man wearing a headdress with a double plume or, after the New Kingdom, as a ram-headed man or simply a ram, symbolizing fertility in his role as Amun-Min. His name means “the hidden one,” “invisible,” “mysterious of form,” and unlike most other Egyptian gods, he was considered Lord of All who encompassed every aspect of creation.
Statue of Amun, temple of Karnak, Luxor.



This is a view of the Heret-ib Peristyle Hall with tentpole-shaped capitals inside the Ankhmenou Festival Hall built by Thutmose III. My favorite at Karnak! The paint is exquisitely preserved on the columns, lintels, architraves, and fenestration which all mimick in stone Egyptian tent architecture but on a larger scale. Thutmose III built the “𓅜𓐍𓏠𓏍 Ax(w) mnw” Festival Hall, literally meaning, “the most glorious/blessed of monuments” in his Year 23. The 32 tentpole hall provides ambulatory access to the central sanctuaries dedicated to Amun, especially the gorgeous reliefs known as his “botanical gardens” which showcase reliefs of flora and fauna from across the expansive Egyptian Empire, the Karnak King’s List, the Sokar rooms to the right, and staircase access to the roof in the left end where solar rituals associated with Heliopolis took place. Painted sandstone, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmose III, Karnak Temple, Thebes.

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Relief of Min-Amun

Relief depicting Min-Amun, god of fertility whose cult originated in the predynastic period (4th millennium BCE), shown with an erect penis which he holds in his left hand and an upheld right arm holding a flail.

Detail of a wall carving in the highly sacred precinct of the god Amun-Re, Karnak Temple Complex.


Statue of Amun-Re

Detail from a statue of the god Amun-Re

in the Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak Temple Complex.