Al-Karnak in Ancient Egypt was named Ipet Sut, "the most venerated place". It is a small village in Egypt, located on the banks of the River Nile some 2.5 km north of Luxor.
The Karnak Temple is twice the size of the built-up village area, and it is the leading attraction in al-Karnak. The temple area is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world, and is probably the second most visited historical site in Egypt, second only to the Giza Pyramids near Cairo.
It consists of four main parts, of which only one is accessible for tourists and the general public. This is also the "main" temple part and by far the largest part.
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