Day 5 - Karnak, Open Air Museum, Luxor Temple , Avenues of Sphinxes and Rams (83 images)

The avenue of Ram headed sphinxes with lion bodies leads one to the Temple of Amun at Karnak. The Avenue of the Sphinxes joins the two main temples of the city (then called Thebes), Karnak and Luxor, and was first built by Pharaoh Amenhotep III about 3,400 years ago, for religious processions. It is believed that there were originally 1350 sphinxes. Many of the stone guardians were removed and reused during the Roman period and the Middle Ages.

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