This temple was not constructed after a single conception,
but it was extended and widened over nearly two thousand
years. Next to the god Amun it was also dedicated to other
gods, like Ptah and Chonsu. The oldest parts of the temple
are situated in the east and date from the 11th dynasty.
The most truly astonishing feature is the unique immense
hypostyle hall, 102 metres long and 53 metres wide, containing
134 sandstone columns, which are arranged into 16 rows
on 5,400 square metres.
The temple enjoyed its income from a considerable number
of estates all over the country. Worth seeing are also
two obelisks, the sacred lake, the huge Scarabeus and
the Sphinx avenue connecting the Karnak Temple with the