Overview of Abu Simbel Temples
Abu Simbel temple redefines the definitions of words like Glory and miraculous, constructed by Ramses II (1279-1213 BCE) during Egypt new kingdom at the height of its power to immortalize his legacy, honor his wife Nefertari and save guard his legacy from oblivion. The construction started in 1264 BC until 1244 BC on the west bank of the Nile River in the west of Aswan and carved into a mountainside to form to show Egypt’s might and culture to the southern Neighbours or anyone who would challenge Egypt.
Abu Simbel Temple Components
The temple consists of two temples, the first one is the great temple of King Ramses the great to honor the Gods Like Amun, Ptah, and Ra-Horakhty and to commemorate his great victory at the battle of the Kadesh in 1274 BC. It is 30m high, 35m long and contains 4 colossal statues in the seating position at the entrance resembling Ramsess reaching the height of 20m (66ft). Inside the temple, there are three consecutive halls extending 56m (185 ft) till the end of temples where there are four statues for each god and decorated with statues of the king and images & scenes with the deities and from his victory at Kadesh.
Abu Simbel Temple Sun Festival
The temple enjoys wide media attention during the sun festival which takes place on the 22 of February & October of each year as the sun rays enter the temple the illuminate the shrine and lands on the faces of the deities. Straight to the northeast, just one hundred meters away is the temple of Nefertari dedicated to“Hathor” the deity of love, joy, and beauty which contains 10.5m (35 ft) two statues of her and six statues to her husband King Ramses II.
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Saving the Abu Simbel Temples
In the 60s, the entire complex was in danger of being submerged with Philea temple by the newly created lake Nasser to store the waters collected by Aswan High Dam, but thanks to the UNESCO the complex was relocated to a new location using a brilliant plan in one of the greatest challenges of archaeological engineering in history.
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Tours to Abu Simbel Temple
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