Karnak, Egypt

Karnak, Egypt


A complex of many different temples in Karnak, Egypt built more than 3000 years ago—although the age of the complex is under debate—is the largest known complex of temples on Earth, and was referred to as the Vatican of Ancient Egypt by Philip Coppens .  Many revere Karnak as the most significant site in the whole of ancient Egypt. Karnak is an amazing complex—the biggest religious complex in the world.

The name Karnak in ancient Egyptian means ‘the most select of places’, and the main temple was altered by many different pharaohs. The construction began during the Middle Kingdom and continued through the New Kingdom , and the temple was dedicated to the god Amun-Re (or Amon-Ra).

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the temple is the long corridor leading to one of the entrances, east and west, with sphinxes on both sides of it.

The largest area of the complex is the Hypostyle Hall . It measures more than 5,000 m 2 and consists of 134 huge columns, most of which are more than 10 meters tall and 33 meters in diameter. It is considered to be the largest room in any religious building in the world.

Apart from the Precinct of Amon-Ra, there are other areas in the complex which include the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Montu, and the temple of Akhenaten, the latter of which was destroyed when Akhenaten—who defied the priesthood of Amun and tried to introduce the monotheistic religion of Aten (or Aton, the Sun God)—died.

Also located in Karnak is the obelisk of Queen Hapshetsut , standing more than 100 feet high and weighing more than 320 tons. It was built in 7 months, as is inscribed on the base of the Obelisk.

There are two issues of immense significance and controversy in relation to Karnak.  The first is the series of sensational photos taken in the Amon Ra Temple in Karnak and published by the respectable Arab newspaper, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. The photos were of the bas-reliefs of the ancient temple and clearly depicted a battle helicopter with a distinct rotor and a tail unit, as well as several other aircrafts astonishingly resembling contemporary supersonic fighters and heavy strategic bombers. The hieroglyphs also match almost exactly with similar engravings discovered above the entrance to the Seti Temple in Abydos, and can be viewed here.  Attempts to explain, justify, rationalise or discredit these depictions have so far proven unsuccessful.

The second point of significance is evidence of a rotating cutting tool with such precision that the tools that the mainstream say were used in construction could never have produced the results.  The evidence of exact and precise symmetry in the statues and the precision demonstrated in the cutting are in stark contrast with the apparent primate hand tools that were used in the construction of Karnak.

Is it possible that the builders of the Amon Ra Temple were witness to extra-terrestrial activity, and perhaps even aided in their construction efforts? This theory has not yet been disproved.

By April Holloway

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Hi Tonni. We are trying to get a copy of the original publication. We will let you know once this happens!

Where can I access the original article posted by Al-Sharq Al-Awsat with the photos from Karnak? I have been searching for a copy of the original article with the pictures and have been unsuccessful in finding anything but mentions of this publication in other articles.

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