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Cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu. The largest religious building ever constructed. The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu—or “most select of places”—by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring.
For the largely uneducated ancient Egyptian population, this could only have been the place of the gods. It is the largest religious building ever made, covering about 200 acres (1.5 km by 0.8 km), and was a place of pilgrimage for nearly 2,000 years. The area of the sacred enclosure of Amun alone is sixty-one acres and could hold ten average European cathedrals. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big that St Peter’s, Milan, and Notre Dame Cathedrals would fit within its walls.
Cite This Work
Ismail, M. A. (2018, October 08). Karnak Temple - 3D View. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image3d/321/
Ismail, M A. "Karnak Temple - 3D View." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 08, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image3d/321/.
Ismail, M A. "Karnak Temple - 3D View." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 08 Oct 2018. Web. 03 Apr 2020.