In Photos: Visitors flock to Egypt's Luxor to witness annual Karnak Temple solar alignment

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 21 Dec 2021

Visitors flocked to Luxor’s Karnak Temple earlier on Tuesday to witness the annual solar alignment on the main holy shrine of the temple, which marks the beginning of the winter season.

Karnak Temple
Tourists pose for an image after they witnessed the solar alignment on its main axis in the Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt on Tuesday 21 December, 2021.

This solar alignment at the Karnak Temple occurs every year on 21 December and marks the start of the winter solstice.

Mostafa El-Sagheer, the director-general of Karnak Antiquities and the Avenue of Sphinxes, explained that this solar alignment reveals the brilliance of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, as they linked astronomy with architecture in a unique structure that remains standing 2,000 years later.

During the event, the sun appears in the middle of the temple’s eastern gate and then illuminates the sacred parts of the site, including the open courtyard, the hall of columns, and the sanctuary of the god of Amun.

El-Sagheer added that the Governorate of Luxor organised a celebration to mark the event with folkloric performances and a concert.

Last month, Egypt launched Luxor as one of the world's largest open air museums in a massive celebration.

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