University of Pennsylvania Museum (AD1999-148)

A welter of courtyards, porticos, enclosure walls, columns and obelisks can be seen in Felix Bonfils’s late-19th-century photo and the modern photo of Karnak’s Temple of Amun, as seen from the south. The god Amun, one of the principal gods in the Egyptian pantheon, was probably first worshiped in Thebes toward the end of the third millennium B.C. The Temple of Amun at Karnak dates to the New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.).