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Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event - October 2021

Abu Simbel Sun Festival October 2021 - Egypt Tours PortalEnjoy Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event – October 2021 & witness the greatness of such a unique phenomenon. This phenomenon occurs twice a year, the first on the 22nd of February while the second in the 22nd of October after exactly 8 months. It is among the best activities and festivals that you can attend while being in Egypt. This amazing festival is considered the perfect marriage of human Endeavour and natural phenomena because of its majestic way of construction and purely breathtaking measurements that needed to be put into extensive consideration when it came to Abu Simbel relocation.

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Wherever you are, you will get the chance to witness the amazing Sun Festival in Abu Simbel as we customized the tour itinerary according to what you want and the place where you are staying in, so no need to worry at all with us, you won’t miss such a spectacular celebration. We will provide you with a totally private A.C vehicle which is going to transfer you from your hotel with breakfast boxes to Abu Simbel Temple in the early morning to witness this amazing festival. Upon your arrival, you will find a number of domestic tourists, locals, and international visitors who will come to be among the ones who will witness such an astonishing celebration.

You will stand face to face with its imposing façade of colossal statues after crossing through its imaginative entrance then you will find a grand hall bordered by two treasury rooms then to the Hypostyle Hall with decorated pillars and bas-reliefs adorning the walls. After crossing a second pillared hall, you will find the sanctuary room which includes the four colossal statues of king Ramesses II with the rest of the ancient deities.

The whole of your tour will be with a private Egyptologist tour guide who is going to explain every single detail for you and is going to let you have the adventure which you have always imagined.

Finally, when the celebration ends, visitors will get out of the temple to attend the spectacular traditional Nubian shows that features dancing on live music.

That is not all as we also provide a delicious lunch meal to try some amazing Egyptian food and include different meals to suit everyone’s taste. Of course, we choose food according to your request and among the food which you may try in Egypt is “Koshari” that is an amazing dish consisting of pasta, rice, lentils, hot tomato sauce and some fried onion which is something you shouldn’t miss for sure.

After finishing the tour with us, your private tour guide is going to accompany you in a private Air-Conditioned Vehicle to transfer you back to your hotel wherever you are staying. You can also choose any of our additional packages and day tours to let your vacation in Egypt a truly magnificent & unique one.

Transportation for Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event - October 2021

Abu Simbel Temple is located on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan and there are a lot of means that make it easy to witness Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event October 2021. Here are the major Egyptian cities and how you can visit Abu Simbel while being there:

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Luxor

You can head from Luxor to Aswan through heading to the train station and take a train to Aswan and then you can be transferred directly from Aswan to Abu Simbel by a car.

Hurghada

If you are in Hurghada and want to attend Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event in October 2021, then you can take a car to Luxor and then take the direct train from Aswan. Upon your arrival, you can take a car to Abu Simbel.

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Cairo

In addition to visiting the incredible attractions in Cairo, you can witness the majestic festival in Abu Simbel through taking a direct flight from Cairo Airport to Aswan, and upon your arrival, you can be transferred by a car to Abu Simbel.

Marsa Alam

You can head directly from your hotel in Marsa Alam to Aswan and you may need to spend a night there so that you get the ability to witness the amazing Sun Festival in the early morning through being transferred by a car from Aswan to Abu Simbel.

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Aswan

You will be so lucky to witness the terrific Sun Festival next October while being in Aswan as you will be transferred by a car to witness this celebration and get back to your hotel on the same day of your tour.

On-Board of a Nile Cruise

Nile Cruises are your key to discover the amazing attractions in Luxor, and Aswan, in a totally royal manner and in a way that can never be forgotten so it will be something great to head to Abu Simbel while boarding a Nile Cruise.

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Useful Information About Abu Simbel

What is Abu Simbel Sun Festival??

It is a bi-annual huge celebration in Abu Simbel at the great temple of king Ramesses II in the south of Egypt. Here is what actually happens twice a year and attracts thousands of tourists who come from all around the world to witness this memorable festival. The central chamber of king Ramses II is illuminated twice a year by the sun for a short period of time when light is cast upon the seated statue of the pharaoh Ramesses II, the sun god "Ra", the king of gods "Amon" except for "Ptah" who is connected to the darkness and still remains in shadow. Surprisingly this event has been taking place for over 3200 years.

When Does Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event Take Place??

Ramses the Great built the amazing temple in Ramesses and wanted it to be a truly special one, so he chose two special dates to him and let them be the dates of the wonderful Sun Festival celebration in Abu Simbel. The first date is February 22nd, which is the date of Ramesses II ascension to the throne of Egypt. The second date is October 22nd, which was the date of the king’s birth. The inner sanctums are aligned only twice a year during this festival and stay in darkness the rest of the year and that is why it gained its fame. Although this temple was relocated in 1960 with the help of the UNESCO as it was threatened by the High Aswan Dam, they did their best to keep the same measurements and to preserve the festival that happens twice there through paying millions of dollars but it is really worth much more than this.

The History of Abu Simbel Temple

Ramesses II decided to build two great temples in Abu Simbel for two reasons. He established his great temple to commemorate his victory in the Battle of Kadesh, celebrate his birthday, and to commemorate the date of his ascension to the throne. On the other hand, he constructed the smaller Temple of Abu Simbel to show his deep affection to his wife Nefertari.
King Ramesses II traveled with his beloved wife Nefertari in 1255 BC to Nubia to inaugurate the great Abu Simbel Temple. This impressive temple was discovered by the Swiss traveler Johann Burckhardt in 1813. There was an enormous pile of sand that almost covered the facade and its colossal statues, blocking the entrance. The explorer Giovanni was the one who reached the interior part of the temple in 1817.

Who Built Abu Simbel Temple??

The two temples of Abu Simbel, the great temple & the smaller ones were built by the amazing king Ramesses II between 1290 and 1224 BC and we can consider it a display of pure egotism by one of Ancient Egypt’s most powerful rulers.

King Ramesses II was born in 1303 BC, and he died in 1213 BC. He ruled Egypt as a great pharaoh from 1279 until 1213. He was actually the 3rd pharaoh of the 19th dynasty and he was known as Ramses the great and is regarded as the greatest and the most powerful pharaoh during the Egypt New Kingdom. The most interesting thing about this king is that he celebrated unprecedented 14th Sed Festivals {an ancient Egyptian ceremony that celebrated a continued rule of the pharaoh} during his reign which was a period more than any other pharaoh. When he died, he was buried in a tomb inside the Valley of the Kings, and then his body was moved to a royal cache until it was discovered in 1881 and his mummy was taken to the Egyptian Museum where it is now displayed there.

Facts About Abu Simbel Temple

Abu Simbel Temple was cut into a solid rock cliff and was mainly built to commemorate his victory in the Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BC.

-The Grand Temple of Abu Simbel stands 30m high and 35m long featuring 4 seated colossal of the king and some of the most well-known Egyptian deities.
-The smaller temple is located 100 m (330 ft) far away from the grand temple and it contains 4 huge statues, two of them belong to king Ramesses and the other two belong to his beloved Nefertari.

-The great temple of Abu Simbel represents a rare phenomenon with its solar alignment in its inner part to three of its colossal statues except for the fourth statue of Ptah who used to be the god of darkness and this represents the true magnificence in construction and how the ancient Egyptians were truly brilliant.

-It was saved in 1964 through the co-operation between the Egyptian government and UNESCO as it was in great danger after the construction of Aswan High Dam.

-Abu Simbel Temple took about 20 years to be built and was finally completed in the 24th year of the reign of king Ramesses.

-The Four statues in front of the great Abu Simbel Temple are 20 m tall and they represent the king with the double Atef crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.

-There is a damaged statue on the left of the temple that was destroyed after its construction because of an earthquake and you can find the head and body of the statue in front of it on the floor.

-Next, to the leg of the large statue, there are statues that show his chief wife Nefertari and his mother Mut-Tuy. There are also smaller statues of his first two sons Amun-her-khepeshef & Ramesses, in addition to his first six daughters Bintanath, Baketmut, Nefertari, Meritamen, Nebettawy, and Isetnofret.

-There is a bas-relief above the entrance that shows 2 images of the king praising the falcon-headed Ra Harakhti.

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