The huge sizes of the Temple
Frankly speaking I didn’t go further than the Festival Hall of Tuthmosis III and didn’t see the Amun Suite, the Botanical Chamber, the Temple of the Hearing Ear, the Sanctuary of Alexander.
I should say even more. I’ve seen only small part of the Temple. I haven’t seen the Opet Temple, the Temple of Khonsu, the Festival Temple of Amenhotep II, the Osrian Temple of Taharga, the Temple of Osisris Hek-Djet, the Temple of Ptah etc… But the most of tourists didn’t see them as well. This obstacle in my opinion excuses me partly.
The huge Temple represents the main tourist trap in Karnak. If you have only several hours at your disposal you should know that you will see only a part of the Temple. If you want to see and admire the whole Temple you should plan several days!
At the pic you may see the plan of the Temple. I marked with green color the area of the Temple which I managed to see...
4th pic - Karnak 1838 - David Roberts drawing
An unpleasant tourist trap of Karnak were huge crowds of tourists which simultaneously were in the Temple. Though the operating time of the Temple is since early morning till the evening I've got an impression, that all tourists who this day intended to examine the Temple appeared there simultaneously.
The most part of tourists came with the caravan of buses from Hurgada. This caravan consisted from 50 up to 100 buses. In each bus there were from 20 up to 50 tourists. Therefore with arrival of the caravan to the temple it has appeared from 3 up to 4 thousand visitors there. Despite of the huge sizes of the Temple the impression of an universal chaos was made which you may see in my photo.
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There are beautiful color lists of walls in the Festival buildings. You may see them on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th photos.
You will see there several locals who try to show you the most impressive pictures. But if they succeeded they ask a dollar! Don't give them any attention. You will see the pictures yourself without any help.
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