Karnak Temple

The temple area is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. It is a group of temples surrounded by one enclosure wall that is dedicated to the god Amon-Ra, his wife Mut, and their son Khonso. The temple covers an area of about 60 acres. In ancient Egypt, the temple was called "The House of Amon" or "The Most Sacred of Places." The key difference between Karnak and most of the other temples is the length of time over which it was built. Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the buildings. In addition to the main sanctuary there are several smaller temples and a vast sacred lake, which was used for purification.