Temple of Mentu
The Temple of Mentu is seriously closed to
visitors, but with a promise of not entering you
will possibly be allowed to take it in from the
top of the mound diving it from the Precinct of
Amon. There is not very much to see, but the gate
is in excellent condition.
The Temple of Mentu was not a lone temple,
and within what seems like one structure there
were also small temples dedicated to Amon, Harpre
The Temple of Mentu was built by the command of
Amenophis 3 of the 18th Dynasty (15th century BCE)
and some of his cartouches have survived.
Temple of Ptah
Delightfully overlooked, the Temple of Ptah
is in excellent condition with some of the finest
carvings at all of Karnak. Few tourists
seem to take time for the short walk over here, so
if you do, you will have it all to yourself.
The core of the temple was created by the command
of Pharaoh Tuthmosis 3 of the 18th Dynasty (15th
century BCE), but it would see several addition
over the following 1500 years.
One interesting fact about the additions
performed by the command of Ptolemaic rulers is
that they actually reconstructed the original
structure, rather than adding their own
Two statues are in place in the most sacred
sections of the temple, one headless of Ptah
himself and another of Sekhmet. Sekhmet's statue
is placed in the chapel dedicated to Hathor.