Ancient Splendour, Modern Havoc
Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
10Trip End Mar 31, 2009
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Karnak Temple is pretty much the largest standing temple in Egypt, and it's this sheer size that makes it impressive. There are over 100 massive columns in the hippostyle hall giving it the feel of a labyrinth and its really beautiful when the sunlight shines in on an angle and creating shadows on the walls. Its interesting to see that there is some of the colour remaining in certain parts on the walls and ceilings
That evening we visited Luxor Temple. This temple was similar looking to Karnak Temple only on a smaller scale. However, the whole complex was lit up, making it all the more impressive.
The following day we headed back over the Nile to the Valley of the Kings. We had a tour guide for the day which was well worth it to get an understanding of the history behind all of the sites. First stop was the the Colossi of Memnon which are huge seated statues and the only remaining parts of what was an enormous temple. After this we paid a brief visit to Howard Carter's house, who was the man who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb and lived at the site for several years.
Once at the Valley of the Kings, we went inside the tombs of Ramses IV, Tutmosis III and Seti II. Ramses IV's tomb had the most amazing wall carvings and paintings with amazing colours that had survived thousands of years. Tutmosis III's tomb was accessed through a series of stairs and bridges non of which would have been there when it was first re-discovered
Once outside the Valley of the Kings complex we passed by the Temple of Hatshepsut. It looked huge, with many different levels and a massive rock cliff in the background. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to visit which was disappointing, but at this point I was starting to feel temple burnout and was happy enough to move on. Last stop for the day was the Funerary Temple of Ramses III. This temple had very deep carvings in the stone walls to prevent successive Pharaohs erasing his legacy. Like everything else I saw today, vey amazing.