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May 9th 2009
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Angie with the colonade of rams to the temple entrance
DAY 25

The winds have slowed down and not as powerful as they had been and the breeze is refreshing after breathing in sand for such a long time. We have breakfast on the boat of crepes, jam, honey, boiled eggs and fresh bananas. We bid farewell to our wonderful crew and hop a mini van that has come to pick us up and take us to Luxor. We pass up the opportunity to stop at 2 minor temples in favor of a shower and a few hours of rest at our hotel; because we begin a tour at 4:00pm to the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple.

Today was filled with travelling and sightseeing. We had a local guide who has completed studies in Egyptology. So we were thoroughly informed of all the customs, rituals and order of ancient Egyptian life. Just don't ask us to repeat any of it when we get home. We are on overload. Our day was completed by a meal at Sofra restaurant. The décor and food is traditional and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

KARNAK Temple complex is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. It is probably the second most visited historical site in Egypt, second only to the Giza Pyramids near Cairo. It consists of four main parts (precincts), of which only the largest, the Precinct of Amun-Re, is open to the general public.

The temple of Karnak is famous for its 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows in the Hypostyle Hall. 122 of these columns are 10 meters tall, and the other 12 are 21 meters tall with a diameter of over three meters. The architraves on top of these columns weigh an estimated 70 tons.

LUXOR Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the River Nile in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was founded in 1400 BC.

Known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or "the southern harem", the temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple (ipet-isut) to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of
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fertility ⦥uro;“ whence its name.

Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramesses II, it appears that the temple's purpose was for a suitable setting for the rituals of the festival. The festival itself was to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with the divine office.


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KARNAK TEMPLEKARNAK TEMPLE
KARNAK TEMPLE

Us, off balance??
HYPOSTYLE HALLHYPOSTYLE HALL
HYPOSTYLE HALL

In hypostyle fashion (hypo meaning less)
LOST IN LUXORLOST IN LUXOR
LOST IN LUXOR

They found us in the shade
I GET THE POINTI GET THE POINT
I GET THE POINT

Obeliskly
TO THE POINTTO THE POINT
TO THE POINT

Obeliskly not?
PICTURE TAKING GONE TOO FARPICTURE TAKING GONE TOO FAR
PICTURE TAKING GONE TOO FAR

What is really under their robes
RAMSES & NEFRETARIRAMSES & NEFRETARI
RAMSES & NEFRETARI

Luxor Temple
LOVE A MAN WITH A BEARDLOVE A MAN WITH A BEARD
LOVE A MAN WITH A BEARD

Ramses, a man for all ages
NORTH & SOUTH UNITENORTH & SOUTH UNITE
NORTH & SOUTH UNITE

Carvings of Lower/North and Upper/South Egypt uniting


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