Karnak Temple Solstice

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The Karnak Temple in Luxor is aligned to the winter solstice. So if you wake up for the sunrise on the right day of the year the sun will align with the main passageway and sit on top of a pedestal. These are HDR photos of the 2015 winter solstice.

CAIRO, EGYPT - December 17: An HDR photo of the Karnak Temple during the winter solstice on December 17, 2015 in Luxor, Egypt. Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Ancient Egypt's sprawling temple of Karnak was constructed in alignment with the winter solstice at Luxor more than 4,000 years ago. Similar alignments can be seen from Angkor Wat to Machu Picchu. (Photo by David Degner/Getty Images).

CAIRO, EGYPT - December 17: An HDR photo of the Karnak Temple during the winter solstice on December 17, 2015 in Luxor, Egypt. Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Ancient Egypt's sprawling temple of Karnak was constructed in alignment with the winter solstice at Luxor more than 4,000 years ago. Similar alignments can be seen from Angkor Wat to Machu Picchu. (Photo by David Degner/Getty Images).

CAIRO, EGYPT - December 17: An HDR photo of the Karnak Temple during the winter solstice on December 17, 2015 in Luxor, Egypt. Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Ancient Egypt's sprawling temple of Karnak was constructed in alignment with the winter solstice at Luxor more than 4,000 years ago. Similar alignments can be seen from Angkor Wat to Machu Picchu. (Photo by David Degner/Getty Images).

CAIRO, EGYPT - December 17: An HDR photo of the Karnak Temple during the winter solstice on December 17, 2015 in Luxor, Egypt. Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Ancient Egypt's sprawling temple of Karnak was constructed in alignment with the winter solstice at Luxor more than 4,000 years ago. Similar alignments can be seen from Angkor Wat to Machu Picchu. (Photo by David Degner/Getty Images).

CAIRO, EGYPT - December 17: An HDR photo of the Karnak Temple during the winter solstice on December 17, 2015 in Luxor, Egypt. Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Ancient Egypt's sprawling temple of Karnak was constructed in alignment with the winter solstice at Luxor more than 4,000 years ago. Similar alignments can be seen from Angkor Wat to Machu Picchu. (Photo by David Degner/Getty Images).