Karnak Temple Complex,

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Karnak Temple Hypostyle Hall and Obelisks seen from the Temple of Khonsu

As you can see, the whole area around the main temple area is littered with thousands of recovered blocks that don't have a 'home' yet

Look - nobody is at Karnak ... all the tourists except us have gone off to lunch!

Well, except us and 2 Japanese girls!

So take the opportunity of getting photos that are normally crowded with hordes of people, like this view of the huge statue of Rameses II ...

... and the alabaster Sphinx with a likeness of Tutankhamun

Temple of Khonsu at Karnak - a relief showing Khonsu (as a falcon-god)

A statue of a baboon sits inside the temple of Khonsu

Open Air Museum - Red Chapel of Queen Hatshepsut

Scene showing the Pharaoh Hatshepsut performing the rites of her jubilee, which included running round a special area to show her prowess

Queen Hatshepsut shown, as is often the case, as a King

Open Air Museum - Alabaster Chapel of Amenhotep I. It is very hard to make out the carvings on this shrine due to the alabater's beautiful markings

Open Air Museum - White Chapel of Senusret I ... One of my favourite things in Egypt!

It's older than the other chapels in the Open Air Museum (it's Middle Kingdom, so about 4000 years old), and like the others was found within the 3rd Pylon used as 'filler' blocks!

It's quite small (under 7 metres square) with 4 rows of 4 pillars, each totally covered with wonderful carved reliefs

A high priest wearing a panther-skin, denoting his status

Thoth, the god of writing.

It's not just the individual gods or scenes which are so beautiful - the hieroglphs are amazingly detailed too

Kilts are pleated to perfection, details of crowns and other adornments clearly defined ...

... the twisted rope of the cartouches, the carapace of the scarab beetle are tangible

... each feather on the falcon hieroglyph visible ...

The attention to detail on every inch of this little chapel is astonishing, and I could have spent hours pouring over it all!

The little Temple of Mut at Karnak is currently under restoration. It was built by Anemhotep III around 1370BC, probably on top of two earlier temples

Although officially closed to the public, we managed to 'baksheesh' our we in

A view from the reconstructed roof

Sunset over the Nile

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