A model of the Karnak Temple Complex is located next to the ticket office - this section of the model shows the current entrance and the First Pylon in the foreground

A model of the Karnak Temple Complex is located next to the ticket office - this section of the model shows the current entrance and the First Pylon in the foreground

A side view of the model of the Karnak Temple Complex - at present, only Great Temple of Amun is opened to public

A side view of the model of the Karnak Temple Complex - at present, only Great Temple of Amun is opened to public

Open area in front of the First Pylon - this space is constantly roamed by the annoying sellers who don't give a second chance to the visitors which are not part of the group (very annoying)

Open area in front of the First Pylon - this space is constantly roamed by the annoying sellers who don't give a second chance to the visitors which are not part of the group (very annoying)

The area to the right side of the entrance of the Karnak complex - this part of Luxor is all built up but Karnak Temple is well preserved

The area to the right side of the entrance of the Karnak complex - this part of Luxor is all built up but Karnak Temple is well preserved

A small obelisk in front of the Corridor of Sphinxes - this is entrance to the complex and it is laid out on an East/West axis

A small obelisk in front of the Corridor of Sphinxes - this is entrance to the complex and it is laid out on an East/West axis

Base of the obelisk - this part of the complex once was a quay but now it is all dried up

Base of the obelisk - this part of the complex once was a quay but now it is all dried up

The Corridor of Sphinxes leads to the First Pylon - it was very hot afternoon on that day but site was still busy

The Corridor of Sphinxes leads to the First Pylon - it was very hot afternoon on that day but site was still busy

The Avenue of Sphinxes seen from the side

The Avenue of Sphinxes seen from the side

These sphinxes are ram-headed, symbolizing the god Amun and a small effigy of Ramesses II, in the form of Osiris, stands between their front paws

These sphinxes are ram-headed, symbolizing the god Amun and a small effigy of Ramesses II, in the form of Osiris, stands between their front paws

The first pylon is the last to be built at Karnak and is the main entrance into the temple today. It was never completed and is undecorated

The first pylon is the last to be built at Karnak and is the main entrance into the temple today. It was never completed and is undecorated

A security camera is installed on top of one of the sides of the First Pylon - this pylon was built by Nectanebo I (380-362 BC)

A security camera is installed on top of one of the sides of the First Pylon - this pylon was built by Nectanebo I (380-362 BC)

Sphinxes inside the First Court, just behind the First Pylon

Sphinxes inside the First Court, just behind the First Pylon

Here column of the Kiosk of Tahraqa is seen to the right, just behind this column is the Second Pylon

Here column of the Kiosk of Tahraqa is seen to the right, just behind this column is the Second Pylon

Taharqa was the fourth king of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty and also king of his native Kush; located in Northern Sudan. The remains of this huge kiosk, built by 25th Dynasty pharaoh Taharqa (690-664 B.C.)

Taharqa was the fourth king of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty and also king of his native Kush; located in Northern Sudan. The remains of this huge kiosk, built by 25th Dynasty pharaoh Taharqa (690-664 B.C.)

Looking out to the First Pylon while standing in front of the Second Pylon

Looking out to the First Pylon while standing in front of the Second Pylon

Main entrance of the Temple of Ramses III

Main entrance of the Temple of Ramses III

Statues inside the Barque Chapel of Ramesses III - Ramesses III (1184Ė1153 BC) built a bark shrine south of the second pylon, which was later enclosed by the courtyard constructed by Shoshenq I (943-922 BC)

Statues inside the Barque Chapel of Ramesses III - Ramesses III (1184Ė1153 BC) built a bark shrine south of the second pylon, which was later enclosed by the courtyard constructed by Shoshenq I (943-922 BC)

Inside the small courtyard of the Temple of Ramesses III and looking out to the Forecourt

Inside the small courtyard of the Temple of Ramesses III and looking out to the Forecourt

Ceiling of the Temple of Ramesses III

Ceiling of the Temple of Ramesses III

Beyond the court is a vestibule also fronted by Osiride pillars leading into a small hypostyle hall which in turn leads into three chapels for the barques of Karnak

Beyond the court is a vestibule also fronted by Osiride pillars leading into a small hypostyle hall which in turn leads into three chapels for the barques of Karnak

A missing slab from the ceiling of the temple - The

A missing slab from the ceiling of the temple - The "holy of holies" in the temple was replaced with three bark shrines, used to house the barks of the gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu

Inscriptions on the walls of the Ramesses III Temple

Inscriptions on the walls of the Ramesses III Temple

The Second Pylon seen from the Forecourt - the Seond Pylon was built by Horemheb near the end of his reign and only partly decorated by him

The Second Pylon seen from the Forecourt - the Seond Pylon was built by Horemheb near the end of his reign and only partly decorated by him

The towers have been freed from the ruins of later buildings erected in front of them using stone of the Amarna period

The towers have been freed from the ruins of later buildings erected in front of them using stone of the Amarna period

The Great Hypostyle Hall was begun by Seti I, and completed by Ramesses II - he hall covers an area of 50,000 sq ft (5,000 sq meters)

The Great Hypostyle Hall was begun by Seti I, and completed by Ramesses II - he hall covers an area of 50,000 sq ft (5,000 sq meters)

There are 134 gigantic stone columns with 12 larger columns standing 80 feet (24 m) high lining the central aisle

There are 134 gigantic stone columns with 12 larger columns standing 80 feet (24 m) high lining the central aisle

The hall was built by Seti I who inscribed the northern wing. The outer walls depict Setiís battles

The hall was built by Seti I who inscribed the northern wing. The outer walls depict Setiís battles

Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak Temple, Luxor - Zaighum Abbas Ranjha

Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak Temple, Luxor - Zaighum Abbas Ranjha

Hieroglyphs on the ceiling of the Great Hypostyle Hall

Hieroglyphs on the ceiling of the Great Hypostyle Hall

The Obelisk of Karnak seen from the Third Pylon

The Obelisk of Karnak seen from the Third Pylon

The rear wall of the Great Hypostyle Hall is formed by the Third Pylon, built by Amenophis III

The rear wall of the Great Hypostyle Hall is formed by the Third Pylon, built by Amenophis III

Reliefs on one of the walls of the Third Pylon - now this pylon is in ruins but once it was a great site to its' visitors

Reliefs on one of the walls of the Third Pylon - now this pylon is in ruins but once it was a great site to its' visitors

A crane seen behind the walls of the Karnak Temple Complex

A crane seen behind the walls of the Karnak Temple Complex

Many of the statues at the sites have their upper parts missing

Many of the statues at the sites have their upper parts missing

The Sacred Lake was dug by Tuthmosis III (1473-1458 BC) - it measures 393 feet (120m) by 252 feet (77m)

The Sacred Lake was dug by Tuthmosis III (1473-1458 BC) - it measures 393 feet (120m) by 252 feet (77m)

This lake was the place where priests purified themselves before performing rituals in the temple

This lake was the place where priests purified themselves before performing rituals in the temple

Here two obelisks are seen in the background, the one to the left belongs to Hatshepsut and Thutmose III's to the right

Here two obelisks are seen in the background, the one to the left belongs to Hatshepsut and Thutmose III's to the right

The giant scarab statue at Karnak represents the god Khepri, the reborn sun at dawn

The giant scarab statue at Karnak represents the god Khepri, the reborn sun at dawn

A broken obelisk of Hatshepsut lies close to the Sacred Lake

A broken obelisk of Hatshepsut lies close to the Sacred Lake

Middle section of the Broken Obelisk

Middle section of the Broken Obelisk

Ruins of the Temple of Taharqa

Ruins of the Temple of Taharqa

In the Central Court beyond the Third Pylon there were formerly four obelisks, two of them set up by Tuthmosis I and two by Tuthmosis II

In the Central Court beyond the Third Pylon there were formerly four obelisks, two of them set up by Tuthmosis I and two by Tuthmosis II

The Obelisk of Thutmose I is 21.2 m high and weighs nearly 150 tons

The Obelisk of Thutmose I is 21.2 m high and weighs nearly 150 tons

The Obelisk of Hatshepsut is nearly 30 m in height

The Obelisk of Hatshepsut is nearly 30 m in height

A small door to the main complex of the temple - this site occupies roughly 250 000 m≤, containing many structures and monuments

A small door to the main complex of the temple - this site occupies roughly 250 000 m≤, containing many structures and monuments

Hundreds of princes are depicted with hands tied behind their backs and their cartouches on their shields. This is a depiction of the rulers of the cities of Canaan that Thutmose III

Hundreds of princes are depicted with hands tied behind their backs and their cartouches on their shields. This is a depiction of the rulers of the cities of Canaan that Thutmose III

Broken columns in the restricted area of the Karnak Temple

Broken columns in the restricted area of the Karnak Temple

Reliefs on a pink granite marble

Reliefs on a pink granite marble

Area in front of the Festival Hall of Thutmose III -

Area in front of the Festival Hall of Thutmose III -

Ceiling of the Festival Hall of Thutmose III - it is located at the end of the Middle Kingdom court, with its axis at right-angles to the main east-west axis of the temple

Ceiling of the Festival Hall of Thutmose III - it is located at the end of the Middle Kingdom court, with its axis at right-angles to the main east-west axis of the temple

An arched doorway made with the black granite

An arched doorway made with the black granite

Ceiling of Festival Hall of Thutmose III

Ceiling of Festival Hall of Thutmose III

It was originally built to celebrate the jubilee (Hed-Sed) of Thutmose III

It was originally built to celebrate the jubilee (Hed-Sed) of Thutmose III

Columns beside the Central Court of the Karnak Temple

Columns beside the Central Court of the Karnak Temple

A relief shown on a broken piece of a stone

A relief shown on a broken piece of a stone

Reliefs on one of the internal walls in the Central Court

Reliefs on one of the internal walls in the Central Court

Few remaining clustered papyrus columns

Few remaining clustered papyrus columns

Ruins of the Karnak Temple Complex

Ruins of the Karnak Temple Complex

Columns inside the Festival Hall of Tuthmosis III

Columns inside the Festival Hall of Tuthmosis III

The Great Festival Temple of Tuthmosis III is entered by the main doorway at the southwest corner

The Great Festival Temple of Tuthmosis III is entered by the main doorway at the southwest corner

Some of the fading drawings on the wall

Some of the fading drawings on the wall

Drawings on the walls show Alexander the Great and others show Thutmose III

Drawings on the walls show Alexander the Great and others show Thutmose III

Its walls are covered with amazing drawings of exotic plants and animals brought back to Egypt from Syria by king Thutmose

Its walls are covered with amazing drawings of exotic plants and animals brought back to Egypt from Syria by king Thutmose

Though well preserved but still this ite is huge and it requires lots of work to bring back its glory and splendour

Though well preserved but still this ite is huge and it requires lots of work to bring back its glory and splendour

Behind the badly ruined sixth pylon, there are two pink granite pillars with relief carvings representing Upper and Lower Egypt

Behind the badly ruined sixth pylon, there are two pink granite pillars with relief carvings representing Upper and Lower Egypt

Lower section of the pink granite pillar

Lower section of the pink granite pillar

Myself standing in the middle of the Great Hypostyle Hall 's walkway - in the background is the Second Pylon

Myself standing in the middle of the Great Hypostyle Hall 's walkway - in the background is the Second Pylon

Reliefs on one of the walls (probably beside the Second Pylon)

Reliefs on one of the walls (probably beside the Second Pylon)

A huge statue of Ramses II in the Great Court of Karnak Temple - I am standing next to it to compare the height

A huge statue of Ramses II in the Great Court of Karnak Temple - I am standing next to it to compare the height

The triple shrine of Sety II was built outside of the temple's western entrance, along the temple's traditional east/west processional route - the later construction of the temple's first court by Shoshenq I

The triple shrine of Sety II was built outside of the temple's western entrance, along the temple's traditional east/west processional route - the later construction of the temple's first court by Shoshenq I

I am on my way out of the Karnak Temple and saw few groups of tourists coming to the site - this is the second most visited site in Egypt after the Great Pyramids

I am on my way out of the Karnak Temple and saw few groups of tourists coming to the site - this is the second most visited site in Egypt after the Great Pyramids