The temple complexes at Karnak are located near the Egyptian city of Luxor. Construction at Karnak started 4,000 years ago and continued until the time the Romans took control of Egypt, about 2,000 years ago. Around 30 successive pharoahs added their own touches to the complex: a new temple, shrine, or pylon and carved detailed hieroglyphic inscriptions.
Karnak is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site inscribed under the name “Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis”. Thebes was an ancient Egyptian city. Its ruins lie within today’s city of Luxor.
Part of a set of 2 definitive stamps picturing Pharaohs, issued 2012. Amenhotep IV ruled Egypt for 17 years. He died somewhere around 1335 BC.