By Michael Wood
Last updated 2011-02-17
Home of Amun Ra, king of the gods, Karnak is like a theme park of ancient Egyptian religion - in which every god and goddess of that civilisation was represented over a period of about 2,000 years, with Amun at their head. It is a vast collection of shrines, added to by pharaohs right down to the time of Alexander the Great.
The huge columned hall at its heart is so big you could fit both London's St Pauls and Rome's St Peters into it. As well as great size, Karnak has tremendous grandeur - and a huge labyrinth to get lost in. A great avenue of Sphinxes once linked Karnak with Luxor, and plans are afoot to excavate and restore this.
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