Yesterday we spent the morning visiting the Temple of Amun at Karnak, one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Needless to say, it is an amazing and overwhelming site to visit. We concentrated on the New Kingdom remains such as the obelisk of Hatshepsut ("Foremost of the Noble Women"), the Akh-Menu ("Effective of Monuments") of Tuthmosis III, battle scenes of Sety I on the northern enclosure wall, and the statues of Ramses III. However, a brief trip through the open-air museum allowed us time to view the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut/Tuthmosis III and the White Chapel of Senwosret I (Senwosret = "Man of the powerful (goddess)"). As a way to review the complex, visit the Digital Karnak website and explore the temples from home!
OI Splendors of the Nile is a photographic and textual complement to the Oriental Institute's Splendors of the Nile program escorted by Dr. Nadine Moeller.
This trip is a great introduction to Egypt and a treat for anyone who wants to see Egypt through the eyes of a Nile traveler. We will experience many of the famous landmarks of Egyptian history as well as exclusive site visits and on-site learning.
Oriental Institute Travel Programs provide exclusive visits and on-site learning privileges not enjoyed by other institutions and travel groups. Participants learn directly from some of the most eminent archaeologists and scholars in the world, at sites the OI has been excavating and researching for almost a century. For more information on Oriental Institute Travel Programs including future departures for 2010, visit the Travel Programs website or contact the OI Membership Office.