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If you're in search of Luxor's largest (and most impressive) collection of temple ruins, look no further than the Karnak Temple Complex. Located about 2 miles northeast of the Temple of Luxor, the Karnak Temple Complex features multiple temples, two obelisks, hieroglyphs and a sacred lake that was used for special rituals. Leading up to the property's entrance is the Avenue of Sphinxes, which connects the site to the Temple of Luxor.

Past visitors noted that exploring the Karnak Temple Complex is like traveling back in time. The temples are large and offer insight into life in ancient Egypt. Keep in mind that it can get hot (especially in the summer) and no drinks are sold inside, so pack water or purchase refreshments at one of the outdoor cafes before entering. And though some travelers enjoyed the attraction's sound and light show, others said it was not worth the additional charge.

The Karnak Temple Complex is situated about 3 miles north of central Luxor along the East Bank of the Nile River. No public transportation is available nearby, but the property does have free on-site parking. The parking lot does not sit adjacent to the attraction, so handicapped visitors may want to take a taxi or bus tour to and from the temples. Egyptian tour operators that offer excursions to the Karnak Temple Complex include Memphis Tours and Love Egypt Tours. Visitors can also bike to the temples.

The sight is open every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between May and September. From October through April, travelers can visit between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets cost 80 Egyptian pounds (or $9) for adults and 40 Egyptian pounds (about $5) for students with an international student ID. Additional fees apply for the evening sound and light show and food, beverages and souvenirs purchased by the entrance. An open-air museum, which is open daily from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is also located on the property. Admissions fees for the museum cost an extra 15 Egyptian pounds ($2) for adults and 10 Egyptian pounds ($1) for students.

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#4 Temple of Luxor Though additions to the Temple of Luxor were made by many of Egypt's pharaohs (Tutankhamun, Horemheb and Hatshepsut, to name a few), the bulk of this ancient structure was ... Read more » Siempreverde22 / Getty Images

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