Temple of Karnak - First pylon - main entrance

Temple of Karnak - First pylon - main entranceThe avenue of ram-headed sphinxes leading to the first pylon which was built by the Ethiopian kings (656 BC).

Originally there was three avenues of sphinxes one of which, two miles long, linked up with the avenue of human-headed sphinxes of the temple of Luxor.

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| First pylon - entrance | Ram-headed sphinx | kiosk of Taharka | Sacred Lake |

| Second pylon | Hypostyle hall | Temple of Amon - Ra. | Temple of Khonsu |

| South entrance to Karnak | Sanctuary of Montu | Pylon of Thutmose III |

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During the New Kingdom the Opet Festival, was one of the most important annual festivals the people received free bread and beer and the celebrations lasted for 27 days.